4 killed in suicide attack on Turkish ruling party

Oct 29 2011 - 4:16pm

ANKARA, Turkey -- A bomber blew herself up Saturday in front of the office of the ruling Justice and Development Party in the eastern Turkish city of Bingol, killing three other people and wounding about 20, an official said.

Earlier reports had said two people had been killed in addition to the bomber. One of the wounded who had been listed in "grave condition" had died, CNNTurk television reported.

The bomber detonated her explosives in Youth Street in a busy shopping area of the eastern Anatolia city, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) west of the epicenter of the earthquake that killed 582 people on Oct. 23.

Images on Turkish broadcaster NTV showed heavy damage to a pharmacy and toy shop. The building bore a sign reading "provincial offices of the AK Party" on the upper floors.

Bingol Governor Mustafa Hakan Guvencer said the explosion was being investigated, the semi-official Anatolian Agency reported. Immediate suspicion fell on the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which has been waging an insurgency that has killed more than 40,000 people since 1984.

Meanwhile, about 320 kilometers (about 200 miles) to the southeast of Bingol, security forces faced another possible attack. A lone donkey was approaching a checkpoint on the Hakkari-to-Van highway, with something strapped on it.

Gendarmes shot the donkey, activated radio jammers and called in military engineers, the Anatolian Agency reported. The engineers found the donkey was loaded with A4 plastic explosives -- a type often used by the PKK -- and a remote-controlled detonator. They then performed a controlled explosion.

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