Bombs hit bus carrying Turkish troops, 1 killed

AP News
Posted: Aug 09, 2012 6:15 AM
Bombs hit bus carrying Turkish troops, 1 killed

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two roadside bombs struck a bus carrying Turkish troops to a navy base in the country's west, killing one soldier and wounding 11 people on Thursday, the governor's office said.

The explosions hit the bus near the base on the outskirts of the Aegean resort town of Foca, the governor's office in Izmir said. Gov. Cahit Kirac of Izmir province said one soldier was killed and 11 people were wounded in the attack.

The state-run Anadolu Agency said six soldiers were among the wounded. The rest of the wounded were civilians employed by the military, reports said.

Earlier, Turkey's state-run TRT television, without citing source, said 30 soldiers were wounded in the attack but the governor's office said the report was wrong.

The attack came days after Turkey's interior minister claimed Sunday that Turkish troops have killed as many as 115 suspected Kurdish rebels in a major clash near the southeastern town of Semdinli.

Kurdish rebels are fighting for autonomy in the country's Kurdish-dominated southeast but have also staged attacks elsewhere in the country.