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Bomb Blasts in Turkey Wound 27 People, Including British Tourists


Bomb blasts in Turkey have wounded 27 people, including 10 British tourists in the Mediterranean resort of Marmaris.

A bomb hidden beneath a seat in a minibus carrying the Britons exploded early Monday. The blast tore the vehicle apart and injured 11 Turks in addition to the tourists.

British officials said three of the tourists were seriously wounded, but Turkish hospital officials say their lives are not in danger.

At about the same time as the bus explosion, two smaller devices exploded harmlessly in garbage cans on Marmaris' main boulevard - an area popular with tourists that is lined with bars and restaurants.

A fourth bomb bomb went off several hours earlier outside a school in Istanbul, Turkey's largest city. The blast in Istanbul's Bagcilar district, on the city's European side, wounded six people, one of whom is in serious condition.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombings, which appeared similar to attacks Kurdish militants have carried out in Turkey many times in the past.