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Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:39PM
A man walks past a burnt bus after a car bomb blew up on August 20, 2012 in the center of the Turkish southeastern city Gaziantep.

A man walks past a burnt bus after a car bomb blew up on August 20, 2012 in the center of the Turkish southeastern city Gaziantep.

A car bomb explosion has left at least nine people dead and 68 more injured in the center of the southeastern city of Gaziantep in Turkey. The blast occurred near a police station on Monday. Several vehicles, including a city bus, were also burnt in the incident. The mayor of Gaziantep, Asim Guezelbey, confirmed the death toll. Turkish officials usually blame militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) for such attacks. PKK is a terrorist group that launched an armed insurgency in 1984 for a separate Kurdish homeland in Turkey's southeast. Listed as a terrorist group by Ankara and most of the international community, the group is held responsible by Turkey for the loss of nearly 45,000 lives over the past two decades. AGB/AS
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