Two Reported Dead in Turkey Blast

ISTANBUL (CNN)–A couple leaving a wedding party was killed and five people were injured early Thursday when a trash bin exploded in the Pendik district of Istanbul–according to Turkey’s state-run news agency Anatolia.

The cause of the explosion–which occurred about 12:15 a.m.–was not immediately known. No claim of responsibility had been issued early Thursday.

The man and woman–Eda and Hatica Muslu–were getting into their car when the explosion occurred–according to the DAWN news network.

Police–firefighters–and ambulance workers were at the scene–sifting through the wreckage of destroyed cars and helping the injured.

On August 2–two explosions in trash bins wounded six people in the southern Turkish city of Antalya–a popular tourist resort–CNN Turk reported.

Police said the first blast went off in a trash bin–wounding two municipal workers and a passerby. About five minutes later–another blast wounded two tourists and a resident of Antalya.

Authorities have not explained the cause of the explosions–but bombs have been placed in trash cans in the past.

Turkey has suffered a series of bomb blasts in recent months–mostly blamed on militant Kurdish separatists.

Islamic militants and far-left radicals have also been behind bomb attacks in Turkey in the past–including in Istanbul.

Five people were killed last month when a bomb struck a minibus in the popular Aegean resort of Kusadasi–an attack claimed responsible by Kurdish militants.


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