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Turks make first arrest after weekend bombs

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Turks make first arrest after weekend bombs


Turkish police have arrested a suspected PKK member allegedly planning a further bomb attack in Izmir. With three killed and dozens wounded in Antalya yesterday Turkey has been hit by five bombs in the last 24 hours, with two attacks claimed by a group linked to the PKK, the outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s party. The Antalya attack has not yet been claimed, but the latest bombs in some of the 14-billion euro tourism industry’s main attractions are being heard loud and clear by tourists and locals alike. Cancellations are already worsening a poor season.

Security has been stepped up in all resort areas as this is by far the worst spate of bombings this year, and this minibus driver’s taking no chances: “We are checking everybody now, and we’re worried. We check everything under the chairs and inside the bus before driving”. Turkish police say several other people have also been detained, along with a quantity of plastic explosive, and that the investigation continues.

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