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Monday, April 5, 1999 Published at 18:19 GMT 19:19 UK


World: Europe

Turkey bomb kills two

The governor had left his car when the suicide bomber (right) attacked

A suicide bomber and a 16-year-old girl died in a failed attack on a local governor in south-eastern Turkey on Monday.

The Ocalan File
The explosion, in the mainly Kurdish province of Bingol, injured twelve other people but left the governor, Suleyman Kemci, unhurt.

The attacker rushed towards Mr Kemci as he walked towards his office from his parked car, and detonated explosives strapped to his body.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but Mr Kamci told the NTV television station that the attack was politically motivated.

"This is not an attack on me but on the Turkish state," he said.

"It was perpetrated by criminals seeking to divide the country," he added.

Series of attacks

There has been a series of bomb attacks in Turkey since the arrest of the Kurdish separatist leader, Abdullah Ocalan, in February, the most serious of them killing at least 13 people in a shopping centre in Istanbul.

Police say the group Mr Ocalan heads, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), are responsible for the attacks.

The PKK have been waging an armed campaign for an independent Kurdish homeland in south-east Turkey under Mr Ocalan's leadership since 1984.

Recently, the PKK warned foreign tourists that they would be considered legitimate targets in its anti-government campaign.



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