Turkey’s Charge D’Affaires Hurt Slightly in Bomb Blast
ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Turkey’s charge d’affaires was slightly injured today when a booby-trapped parked car exploded as his car drove by, police said. The attack came two days before President Bush was to arrive for a visit.
The diplomat’s driver, the wife of the Turkish vice consul and a passerby were also slightly hurt in the blast, which damaged several other cars and shattered windows in the posh Athens suburb of Paleo Psychico, police said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but police said the method appeared similar to those of the Greek urban terror group November 17.
Also, some recent attacks on Turkish targets in Europe have been blamed on the Turkish terror group Dev Sol.
The charge d’affaires was identified as Deniz Bolukbasi and the woman as Nilgun Kececi, the wife of Turkish vice-consul Adnan Kececi. Police said the injured were taken to a nearby hospital and released after being treated, mainly for shock.
The explosion came just after Bolukbasi left his home for the Turkish Embassy, police said.
A ranking police official, Simeon Papadogiorgos, said authorities were trying to determine whether the bomb was been set by remote control.
November 17, a Marxist-Leninist group, has used remote-controlled bombs in the past against diplomats, Western interests and U.S. military personnel stationed in Greece.
The group claimed responsibility for the slaying in March of a U.S. Air Force sergeant, who was killed when a remote-controlled bomb went off as he entered his suburban home.