August 30, 2006

Blast in Turkish port wounds one-officials

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An explosion in a rubbish container
injured a 20-year-old woman in Turkey's Mediterranean port city
of Mersin on Wednesday, security officials said, days after a
series of bombings hit Turkish resorts and Istanbul.

Bomb experts were investigating the explosion, which also
damaged an electricity substation and smashed windows in nearby
cars and houses, and security officials said police had
detained one person dressed as a dustman.

No further details were available about the blast, which
coincided with nationwide parades and celebrations marking the
end of Turkey's war of independence in 1922.

At one such parade in the resort town of Marmaris -- hit by
three bombs on Sunday -- flag-waving marchers shouted slogans
condemning the recent attacks, the state news agency Anatolian

The Marmaris attacks injured 21, including 10 Britons,
while a bomb a day later in Antalya, a Mediterranean tourist
hub, killed three Turks.

Those attacks were claimed by the Kurdistan Liberation
Hawks (TAK), a separatist militant group, which threatened to
turn Turkey into "hell" and repeated orders to tourists to stay

There is concern in Turkey that the bombings will harm the
$18 billion tourist industry, which has already been weakened
this year by birdflu and regional instability. But financial
markets have been unaffected by the latest attacks.

The shadowy TAK is believed to be linked to the larger
outlawed separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The PKK took up arms in 1984 with the aim of creating a
homeland in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey. More than 30,000
people have since been killed in the separatist conflict.