Turkish woman dies from Istanbul bomb wounds

A78556743.jpgA Turkish woman who was injured along with seven other people in a bomb blast in Istanbul on Tuesday has died from her wounds, state-run Anatolian news agency said on Wednesday.No one has claimed responsibility for the percussion bomb, which exploded in the Kucukcekmece district of Turkey’s largest city.

The blast came a day after a 25-year-old man carrying a backpack packed with more than seven pounds of plastic A-4 explosives was arrested outside a metro station in central Istanbul. Turkish authorities said he planned to carry out a bombing.

Turkish newspapers said on Wednesday the man had received training by the outlawed separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.

Turkish authorities have stepped up security in main cities ahead of the New Year holiday, fearing bombings.

Tensions are high as Turkey carries out cross-border military strikes against PKK targets in northern Iraq.

Bombs are not infrequent in Turkey, where Kurdish separatists, al Qaeda, and left-wing militants have all been blamed for attacks against civilians and the authorities.

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