February 9, 2006

Explosion in Istanbul, some injured: agency

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An explosion rocked a district of
Turkey's largest city Istanbul on Thursday and some people were
injured, the state-run Anatolian news agency reported.

It said the blast happened in Bayrampasa, an area not far
from the airport on the European side of the city. The
Bosphorus straits divide Istanbul into European and Asian

CNN Turk television's Web site said the explosion ripped
through a cafe and injured 10 people.

Police were not immediately able to confirm the reports.

Militant Islamists carried out a series of devastating
explosions in Istanbul in November 2003 that targeted British
and Jewish sites and killed more than 60 people.

Other radical groups including Kurdish separatists also
operate in Turkey and have in the past carried out violent
attacks on both civilian and military targets.