Blast in Turkish port wounds one – officials

ISTANBUL, (Reuters) – An explosion in a rubbish container wounded one person in Turkey’s Mediterranean port city of Mersin on Wednesday, security officials said.

The blast follows five bombings in Turkish coastal resorts and the commercial capital Istanbul on Sunday and Monday which killed three people and wounded dozens more.

No other details were immediately available about the explosion in Mersin, which coincided with nationwide parades and celebrations marking the end of Turkey’s war of independence in 1922.

The attacks earlier this week were claimed by the Kurdistan Liberation Hawks (TAK) separatist militant group, which threatened to turn Turkey into “hell” and reiterated warnings for tourists to stay away.

The shadowy TAK is believed to be linked to the larger outlawed separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The PKK took up arms in 1984 with the aim of creating a homeland in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast. More than 30,000 people have since been killed in the separatist conflict.

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Asharq Al-Awsat :Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.