Turkey explosion injures 20, including foreign tourists
A bomb exploded Sunday in a popular resort town on Turkey's Aegean coast, injuring about 20 people, including two foreign tourists, authorities said.
The explosives were stashed in a soda bottle that was placed in a garbage can near a bank in downtown Cesme, a popular destination for tourists and wind surfers on Turkey's west coast, police said.
Nobody claimed responsibility for the afternoon explosion. A Kurdish "militant group", the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons Organization, which said it was behind a similar attack in the Aegean resort town of Kusadasi in April, had warned European tourists not to go to Turkey.
Hospital officials said about 20 people were wounded in the blast. Governor Yusuf Ziya Goksu of Izmir said they included two foreign tourists. The Anatolia news agency also reported that a British and a Russian tourist were among the injured.
"A fragmentation bomb caused the explosion," Goksu told reporters.
"Everything is under control now, authorities are continuing the investigation."
Medical teams from Izmir were dispatched to help out in Cesme and bomb squads cordoned off the area where the explosion took place.
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