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Kurdish guerrillas arrested in blasts

August 03, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Kurdish guerrillas were behind a double bombing in Istanbul last week that killed 17 people, Turkey's interior minister said, adding that all those involved in the attack had been caught.

The blasts, 160 feet and 10 minutes apart, were the worst such attacks in Turkey since 2003 when Al Qaeda carried out a series of bombings in Istanbul. More than 150 people were injured in the explosions July 27.

An Istanbul court remanded into custody eight detainees in connection with the attack after a prosecutor accused them of membership in the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, state-run Anatolian news agency reported. The prosecutor will now prepare an indictment formally charging them.

The separatist PKK has denied involvement and there have been no claims of responsibility.

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