Sunday, July 27, 2008

Double Trouble.

In Istanbul. At least 13 people have been killed in two explosions in Istanbul, which the governor of the Turkish city has described as terror attacks.

The first blast occurred in a telephone booth and the second went off as crowds gathered. About 70 people were wounded. TV footage showed bloodied men and women lying on the street and being carried to ambulances in blankets.

Police, firefighters and natural gas teams are now in the area. Initial reports had suggested it may have been a gas leak. But Governor Muammer Guler said he was "certain that this is a terror attack". He said the bombs had been placed in rubbish bins and that it was not a suicide bombing. "The blasts occurred in a very busy district and this raised the casualties. Thirteen citizens lost their lives in this heinous attack," he said.

A politician from the governing AK Party, Murat Mercan, told the BBC that Turkey would not give in to terrorists.

"Terrorists are trying to destabilise the country but Turkey has already a lot of experience on this terrorism so it won't distract our country, our society from daily, ordinary life," he said.

There have been no claims of responsibility for the blasts - yet.

Three guesses.

Probably fellow Muslims like their friends in India which carried out back-to-back, serial bombings. India Bomb toll climbs to 45, police probe blasts.