Grenades thrown at Istanbul council building

Several hand grenades were thrown at an Istanbul municipality building on the Asian side of the Turkish city.

ISTANBUL // A series of explosions at a municipal government building in Istanbul slightly injured three people today, an official and Turkish news reports said. Three blasts occurred near a municipal building in the Uskudar district, a municipal official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists. No further details were available, but the attack comes at a time of heightened tensions in Turkey after a top court fined the ruling AK Party for anti-secular activities, but stopped short of closing it.

The prime minister Tayyip Erdogan represents in parliament a district on the Asian side of Istanbul and has a house in Uskudar, which is also on the Asian side. Police were searching for two people who escaped from the scene of the attack by motorcycle, Anatolian said. Two bombs detonated in an Istanbul neighbourhood killed 17 people last week and six people were killed when three gunmen attacked the US Istanbul consulate last month. Turkey's government has blamed the attack on a Kurdish rebel organization, which denied responsibilit

*Reuters, AP

Published: August 7, 2008 04:00 AM

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