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Bomb Explodes Near Istanbul Fairground

November 18, 2005

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) _ A bomb placed in a trash can exploded near a fairground in Istanbul on Friday, killing one person and injuring 12, Istanbul’s governor said.

The bomb was placed in a trash can at a bus stop outside the Tatilya fairground, in Beylikduzu, a suburb on the European side of the city, Gov. Muammer Guler said.

A 36-year-old man died in hospital from his injuries, Istanbul’s Ozel Avcilar Hospital said.

Guler said police believed the bomb was made of remote-controlled plastic explosives, favored by autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels, who have carried out similar attacks in the city in the past. Militant leftist and Islamic groups are also active in the city.

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