More Terrorist Attacks, Protests; Additional Security Measures
Undated (AP) _ Bombings that may be linked to the U.S. role in the 12-day-old Persian Gulf war occurred in Greece, Turkey and the Philippines today, and some countries instituted additional security measures to prevent war-related violence.
In Athens, terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at an American Express office, and a bomb blast shook an insurance office building. No injuries or major damage were reported, and there was no claim of responsibility.
A bomb placed under a car in Ankara, Turkey, exploded in the parking lot of the capital’s main government tax office, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported. No injuries were reported, and it was not immediately clear whether the bombing was related to the gulf war.
Nevertheless, following the attack, the governor of Ankara, Saffet Arikan Beduk, asked people who witness terrorist acts to inform police immediately.
A day earlier, foreign airline offices were bombed in Ankara. Offices in Istanbul and the southern city of Adana with U.S. connections have also been attacked in the past week in gulf-related violence.
A Turkish court on Saturday banned distribution of a leftist weekly, Toward 2000, because an editorial urged workers to stage a general strike to prevent Turkey’s direct involvement in the war, Hasan Yalcin, the Ankara bureau chief of the publication said. Turkey has allowed U.S. warplanes to use one of its air fields to launch attacks on Iraq.
In the Philippines today, assailants hurled a bomb at a provincial radio station and left a red poster saying ″Long live Saddam, Criminal Bush.″ One person was injured by the bomb, which exploded outside the station.
Iraq has urged Muslims to attack Western interests in response to the U.S.-led allied air bombing of Iraqi military targets. The bombings aim to drive Saddam Hussein’s troops from Kuwait, which Iraq invaded Aug. 2.
Over the weekend, nine people died and more than 100 were injured when Hindus and Muslims fought with acid bombs and homemade revolvers near New Delhi in a riot triggered by a pro-Iraqi demonstration, news reports said.
A fight among pro-Iraqi demonstrators in the remote Pakistani village of Khar, meanwhile, led to a gun battle that left three dead and eight wounded, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.
Elsewhere in Asia, calls for a dawn-to-noon anti-war strike went ignored in Dhaka, Bangladesh. About 100 people paraded through a commercial district, but witnesses said there was no violence.
Pro-Iraqi demonstrators have staged daily street protests in Dhaka since the war began, but no major Islamic groups or political parties supported the strike.
Immigration authorities in Hong Kong said today that they had begun requiring visas from Iraqi nationals, effectively barring their entry.
And Malaysian authorities said they tightened security along their country’s border with Thailand to prevent infiltration by Arab terrorists. Thai police said several suspected terrorists were thought to be in Thailand.
Iraqi diplomat Saad Omran left Australia today after being expelled over unspecified security matters. The government has restricted the movements of several other Iraqi diplomats in Australia.