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Kurdish rebels blamed over Istanbul blast

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Kurdish rebels blamed over Istanbul blast

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The finger of blame is being pointed at Kurdish militants after a bicycle bomb injured eight people in Istanbul. One woman reportedly lost a leg in the blast.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cast suspicion on the outlawed PKK.

The blast occurred near a bus stop in Etiler, a residential and shopping district, at the end of the morning rush hour in Turkey’s biggest city.

Turks are due to vote in a parliamentary election on June 12. Security forces are on edge as militant activity, related to a long-running Kurdish separatist insurgency and including attacks on police, has increased in recent weeks.