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British Consulate in Turkey Bombed

April 3, 2003

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) _ Bombs exploded within hours of each other Thursday at the British consulate in Istanbul and outside a branch of United Postal Service cargo company, causing damage but no injuries.

In the first blast, an assailant hurled a bomb at the consulate, shattering windows and damaging a gate and walls of the building in the downtown Beyoglu district, police said.

Police gave no details of the explosion at the UPS office in Istanbul, but the Anatolia news agency said it blew out the windows of two nearby shops.

It was not clear if the two attacks were linked. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the consulate attack, which came hours after Turkey’s 2-0 defeat by England in a Euro 2004 soccer qualifier in England.

Resentment toward Britain and the United States has been running high in this predominantly Muslim country because of war in Iraq, which borders Turkey.

More than 90 percent of Turks are against war and images of civilian casualties repeatedly broadcast on Turkish television stations are fueling the anger.

In London, Britain’s Foreign Office said the consulate blast caused only superficial damage.

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