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Turkish President Calls Bombing 'Crime Against Humanity'

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Wounded people are helped onto an ambulance after an explosion in the southeastern Turkish town of Gaziantep, August 20, 2012.

Wounded people are helped onto an ambulance after an explosion in the southeastern Turkish town of Gaziantep, August 20, 2012.

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul has called a fatal bomb attack on the town of Gaziantep a "crime against humanity" and lamented the deaths of the nine victims, including four children.

Gul said in a statement Tuesday that he shares the pain of the families who lost loved ones. He said he condemns those responsible for the car bomb that exploded near a police station in southeastern Turkey, near the country's border with Syria.

In addition to the nine deaths, 69 other people were wounded.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to travel to the town on Wednesday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing.

Rebels from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) are active in Turkey's Kurdish-majority southeast.

More than 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been killed since the PKK took up arms in 1984 to demand autonomy.

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