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One suspect detained in Istanbul explosion

(Xinhua)

14:13, March 02, 2012

ISTANBUL, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Turkish police detained one suspect for possible links to a bomb blast that injured 16 people in Istanbul on Thursday morning.

Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin said 16 people, 15 of them police officers, were injured in the blast that was remotely detonated.

The bomb was placed on a motorbike at the scene in the Imrahor Street in a district near the Golden Horn, and was detonated as a minibus carrying police officers passed by.

The location is very near the Istanbul district office of the ruling Justice and Development Party and the headquarters of the Independent Industrialists and Businessmen's Association.

Two other vehicles were also damaged in the blast.

No one claimed the responsibility for the explosion.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the attack and said that such activities would not disturb the steady path of the country.

A similar attack was carried out in May 2011 in Istanbul and wounded nearly a dozen people.

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