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Turkish Media Say Police Thwart Bombing in Istanbul


Turkish media say police have thwarted a bomb attack in Istanbul by arresting a man carrying a bag filled with explosives.

Turkish news agencies say the man was detained Monday in central Istanbul's Sisli district. They say his bag contained three and a half kilograms of plastic explosives. The reports say police later arrested at least one other suspect.

There was no word on the intended target or identity of the suspected bomber.

Turkish militants affiliated to Kurdish, leftist and Islamist groups have carried out bombings in major Turkish cities and resort towns in the past. In May, a member of a militant leftist group blew himself up in Istanbul, killing six people and wounding many others.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.