- Title: TURKEY: EXPLOSION ROCKS CAFE IN CENTRE OF ANKARA KILLING ONE PERSON
- Date: 21st May 2003
- Summary: (U3) ANKARA, TURKEY (MAY 20, 2003) (REUTERS) SLV DEMOLISHED SHOP; INVESTIGATORS AT SCENE AND BEHIND POLICE CORDON; SCU BROKEN GLASSES ON GROUND (7 SHOTS) SLV POLICE INVESTIGATION FORCES INSIDE SHOP (5 SHOTS) HAS CROWD OUTSIDE AND DEMOLISHED WALL OF SHOP
- Embargoed: 5th June 2003 13:00
- Location: ANKARA, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement
- Reuters ID: LVA9RQG13KCS26JJIY0K5L7IFSDP
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- Story Text: A large explosion has rocked a cafe in the centre of Turkey's capital Ankara, killing one person, police said.
The cause of the blast, which occurred at around 9 a.m.
(0600 GMT), was not immediately clear. Charred metal and glass were strewn across a road outside the three-storey cafe, located in the city's main commercial district of Kizilay.
At least one other person was injured in the explosion at the street cafe, frequently visited by students, the state-run Anatolian news agency reported.
A policeman at the scene confirmed earlier press reports that one person had died. "We do not have any further information at the moment," he told Reuters.
Police had cordoned off the area surrounding the cafe.
Bomb squad units were sifting through debris in and around the charred building.
Anatolian reported that the explosion had occurred in the cafe's toilet. Eyewitnesses said there were only a few customers in the cafe prior to the blast.
Several guerrilla groups, including leftist militants and Kurdish rebels, have carried out attacks on civilian targets in Turkey, a popular tourist destination, during recent years.
Explosions also frequently occur due to faulty gas and electricity systems.
A small bomb exploded outside the British consular general in Istanbul in early April, which police suspected was carried out by demonstrators protesting against the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
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