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Bomb injures soldiers taking Turkish Islamic militants to trial

August 1, 1997

KIRSEHIR, Turkey (AP) _ A remote-control car bomb exploded Friday, wounding two soldiers and a driver transferring accused radical Islamic militants to court, officials said. One prisoner also was hurt.

The bomb went off as the armored vehicle passed a parked car on a road near this central Anatolian city, Deputy Governor Osman Gurbuz said.

The assailants also opened fire on the prison vehicle after the explosion, Justice Minister Oltan Sungurlu said. It was not clear if the injuries resulted from bullets or bomb fragments.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The eight defendants, accused of causing a hotel fire in 1993 that killed 37 leftist intellectuals, were being transported to a hearing in the capital Ankara, about 100 miles northwest of Kirsehir.

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