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UPDATED: 19:40, June 07, 2007
Death toll in Ankara suicide bombing rises to eight
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Death toll in last month's suicide bombing attack in Turkish capital Ankara rose to eight as another injured person died in the hospital, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Thursday.

Selahattin Deniz, who had been under treatment in Ibni Sina Hospital since the blast, lost his life, raising the number of people killed in the blast to eight, including the bomber, the report said.

On May 22, a suicide bomber, identified as Guben Akkus, who was born in Zara town of the central city of Sivas in 1979, blew him up at the busy Anafartalar shopping mall in Ankara.

The explosion occurred near bus stops in front of the shopping center, causing heavy damage to three shops at the entrance of the shopping center.

Some 100 people were injured in the blast. Most of those injured were owners of shops in the center as well as people and peddlers waiting at bus stops.

Officials believed the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) was behind the attack. The group was listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

More than 30,000 people have been killed in the clashes between Turkish security forces and the PKK since the group launched an armed campaign for an ethnic homeland in the mainly Kurdish southeastern Turkey in 1984.

Source: Xinhua

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