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Turkey bombing wounds six people


A bombing early yesterday in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir injured six people, including a soldier, officials said.

The bomb exploded near bus stops from where military personnel are picked up, the local governor's office said.

Police believe the bomb was attached to a bicycle carrying newspapers that had been left in the area and were investigating whether separatist Kurdish rebels were behind the attack, Chief Prosecutor Durdu Kavak said.

Authorities were also investigating the type of bomb used, the official said.

The blast shattered windows, and shredded newspaper was scattered around the street.

One of the injured, a local shop owner, was in serious condition, Kavak said.

Kurdish rebels, who have been fighting for autonomy in the region for more than two decades, have previously carried out bombing in the city.

The rebels have stepped up attacks on Turkish troops. Guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, have killed more than two dozen soldiers or pro-government village guards in several attacks since May 24.

Turkish troops have killed 25 guerrillas during the same period, according to a count by the military, which has launched several offensives inside Turkey and has massed troops along the border with Iraq. The military last week also established "temporary security zones" in several areas close to the border with Iraq amid increasing activity there.

In recent attacks, Kurdish guerrillas killed a Turkish army corporal on Thursday in a clash near the town of Karakocan in Elazig Province, the governor's office said. In a separate attack, the rebels killed a Turkish army major and injured two other soldiers in a roadside bomb attack near the town of Yuksekova in Hakkari Province, bordering Iraq and Iran.

The attacks came a day after the PKK declared a "unilateral ceasefire" in attacks against Turkey. The rebel group, however, insisted on the right to defend itself.

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