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Turkey Bomber Kills Self, One Other

September 10, 2001

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) _ A suicide bomber set off an explosion Monday near the German consulate and a popular tourist area in Istanbul, killing two policemen and injuring 15 other people, police said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The attacker approached a police station about 150 yards from the consulate and detonated the bomb, a police official said on condition of anonymity. At least 10 of the injured were police officers.

``There was a massive explosion, then suddenly there was a huge cloud of dust,″ said Asim Korkmaz, a grocer who was delivering vegetables to a restaurant some 60 yards away. ``When the dust cleared, I saw a piece of human flesh had landed on the pavement just outside the restaurant.″

The windows of several nearby buildings were shattered, but there appeared to be no damage to the consulate.

Police were trying to defuse another bomb found in the area.

The bombing took place near Istanbul’s Taksim Square, a popular shopping and dining area for Turks and tourists.

Ambulances and firefighters rushed to the area, and a police helicopter circled overhead.

Leftist militants and Kurdish rebels who fought for autonomy in overwhelming Kurdish southeastern Turkey have carried out several such attacks in Istanbul and other cities in recent years.

The last suicide bombing was in January, when a member of a radical Marxist group entered a cafeteria in a police station and detonated bombs strapped to his chest, killing himself and a police officer.

Radical Islamic groups are also active in Istanbul.

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