Turkish bomb blasts kill one and injure several more

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Turkish bomb blasts kill one and injure several more

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Two bomb blasts outside a shopping mall in the western Turkish port city of Izmir have left one person dead and a number of others wounded.

The Turkish defense ministry says the first bomb went off in a rubbish container injuring several cleaning workers.

Some three hours later a second bomb reportedly placed on a motor bike exploded at the same site, killing one person and injuring two more.

Kurdish separatist rebels have carried out attacks in Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city and the Aegean region in the past.

The city has a significant Kurdish population. There have been no reported claims of responsibility for the blasts.

The person killed was reportedly a vendor of lottery tickets. Shop windows were blown out by the blasts scattering glass in the area.

After viewing surveillance camera footage, police said the bombs were placed during the night and were made of powerful explosives.

According to reports the police suspect Kurdish PKK separatists and are looking for two suspects.

The PKK is an illegal organization and has been fighting since 1984 against the central Turkish government.