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Saturday, March 13, 1999 Published at 16:59 GMT


World: Europe

12 die in Istanbul fire bomb attack


There has been a petrol bomb attack in a shopping centre in Istanbul.

Local reports say at least twelve people died in the ensuing fire, most of them trapped on the upper floors of the building.

The assailants are said to have fled.

Earlier this week, two bombs exploded in shopping centres in the city, killing one person.

The BBC Ankara correspondent says it is not known who carried out the attack.

But he adds there has been sporadic violence across the country since the arrest the separatist Kurdish leader, Abdullah Ocalan.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service



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