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Bombers hunted by Turkish police

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Investigations are underway in Turkey to find out who is behind a series of bombings on Sunday night that left about 30 people injured. The blasts went off in Istanbul, the country’s largest city, at about 9.30pm local time – wounding six people. But it was in the seaside resort of Marmaris where most were hurt. Just after midnight, there were three near-simultaneous explosions in the town.

Ten Britons are among the injured. Marmaris, on the Mediterranean coast, is popular with both west European and Turkish tourists and is currently in peak holiday season. The first device there hit a minibus – leaving 16 people injured. The other two, reportedly hidden in dustbins, did not detonate properly. No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts.

But suspicion is falling on Kurdish separatists and Islamic militants who have carried out bomb attacks in Turkey in the past. The tourist industry is a powerful motor for the Turkish economy and generates some 15 billion euros a year. Britain’s Foreign Office is so far not dissuading people from travelling to the country but does warn of a high terror threat.