A roadside bomb hit a bus carrying military personnel and their families in Istanbul on Tuesday, killing four people. The remote controlled bomb was detonated near a military housing complex in the district of Halkali. Three of those killed were sergeants and the fourth victim was a 17-year-old girl, the state Anatolian news agency reported.
The explosion injured more than 10 people and two were in serious condition, Istanbul's Provincial Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu conveyed. "This is a terrorist attack, and the aim of the attack is clear -- to create divisions, tensions and despair," he was quoted as saying by Reuters.
In recent weeks, Kurdish rebels, based in northern Iraq, have intensified their attacks on military installations in Turkey's southeast