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Terrorist Bombing Injures 10 in Istanbul

At least 10 were injured when terrorists carried out an attack near the offices of Turkey's ruling party in Istanbul Thursday morning.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 3/1/2012, 12:04 PM

Istanbul forensic team examines damaged bus
Istanbul forensic team examines damaged bus

At least 10 were injured Thursday morning when terrorists carried out an attack in Istanbul near the offices of the Justice and Development Party, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The attacker drove a motorbike loaded with a remote-controlled bomb past the offices of Turkey's ruling party, apparently detonating the bomb, made of plastic explosives, as a police vehicle with 21 officers passed by. The victims who were hurt in the blast were all police officers, a local source told Arutz Sheva.

The bus and two vehicles were damaged, but forensic investigators immediately hid the damaged vehicles from sight under huge blue nylon covers.

There have been no claims of responsibility for the blast as yet, although it is suspected that the PKK Kurdish guerrilla organization may have carried out the attack.

“They want to divide Turkey,” explained the source. “This organization is Kurdish and most of our Kurdish citizens live in the southeastern Anatolia region. They want to separate this area from Turkey.” The source added that it is believed that most of those living in the region do not support the PKK ideals.

“The people who live there are actually religious people; they don't agree with the ideas of the PKK. But the PKK deceived some people – most of them youth – by promising that they will achieve their aims. PKK trains these people with arms.”

Last year, a similar attack in Istanbul involving a bomb mounted on a bicycle left eight people wounded, including a police officer.