Latest Istanbul bombings Stories

2008-07-28 09:00:11

By C. Onurant Associated Press ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Two bombs exploded minutes apart in a packed Istanbul square Sunday night, killing 16 and injuring more than 150 in the deadliest attack against civilians in Turkey in almost five years. The city's governor called it a "terror attack," but officials did not blame any specific group, and no one immediately claimed responsibility. CNN-Turk television, citing security sources, said police suspect Kurdish rebels may be behind it because...

2008-07-28 00:00:11

By Lawrence Conway AT LEAST 15 people were killed and more than 150 injured when two bombs ripped through a popular shopping centre in the Turkish city of Istanbul last night. The blasts came hours ahead of the start of a court case over the banning of the governing party that has plunged Turkey into political turmoil. Deputy Prime Minister Hayati Yazici said: "First a percussion bomb exploded and then a bomb in a garbage container exploded. We know it is a terrorist attack, but which...

2006-08-30 06:50:01

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...

2006-08-27 19:51:06

By Emma Ross-Thomas ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Four separate blasts on Turkey's popular coastal region and in the country's commercial capital Istanbul injured 22 people, including 10 Britons, a state news agency and British authorities said on Monday. Anatolian news agency said three blasts occurred around the Mediterranean resort of Marmaris early on Monday, including in the city center, and another in Istanbul's Bagcilar district late on Sunday, injuring 22 people. The British Foreign...

2006-04-07 10:42:14

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An explosion in northern Turkey killed one on Friday while another explosion in a car belonging to local authorities injured two in the mainly Kurdish southeast, CNN Turk reported. The causes of both blasts were being investigated, the broadcaster said on its Web site. No further information was immediately available.

2006-03-20 08:12:57

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Syrian al Qaeda militant went on trial in Turkey on Monday, charged with masterminding bomb attacks on synagogues, the British consulate and an HSBC bank branch which killed more than 60 people in Istanbul. Louai al Sakka is charged with masterminding and securing finance for the bombings in November 2003. A Turkish al Qaeda cell claimed responsibility for the attacks. Some 70 people are already on trial in connection with the bombings. At Monday's hearing,...

2006-02-09 15:36:33

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A bomb blast at an Internet cafe in Istanbul killed a man and injured 16 other people, including seven police officers, on Thursday, and a hardline Kurdish group claimed responsibility. The Kurdistan Liberation Hawks, which has claimed to be behind a series of bombings in Turkey in recent years, carried out the attack in the Bayrampasa district, not far from Istanbul airport, according to a person who called the Kurdish Firat news agency claiming...

2006-02-09 08:35:09

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Istanbul's police chief said a bomb blast on Thursday at an Internet cafe in the city had wounded 14 people. Police had said earlier that it was a gas explosion. "It's a bomb explosion, there are 14 injured. One of them is seriously injured," Celalettin Cerrah told reporters after visiting the Internet cafe where the blast occurred. Six of the injured were police officers, he said. The blast rocked the Bayrampasa district, not far from the airport on the...

2006-02-09 08:20:18

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 districts. CNN Turk television's Web site said the explosion ripped through a cafe and injured 10 people. Police were not immediately able to...

2005-08-10 11:19:41

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police have detained a suspected al Qaeda militant from Syria who they believe was organizing an attack on Israeli targets in Turkey, security sources said on Wednesday. The suspect, believed to be the top figure in Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network in Turkey, was apprehended in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Sunday as he attempted to board a plane for Istanbul, the sources said. The suspected militant, identified as Syrian...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.