Police detonate suspect bomb in Istanbul

2012-04-02 15:01

Istanbul - Turkish police detonated on Monday a home-made bomb left on a driveway of a luxury Istanbul hotel, Anatolia news agency reported.

Tipped off by passers-by, police sealed off access to the area round the Swissotel and blew up the suspicious package.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

It was not clear whether the hotel had hosted any of the dozens of diplomats who attended Sunday's international conference on Syria in Istanbul on Sunday.

Several outlawed armed groups - Kurds, Islamists and leftist extremists - have carried out bomb attacks in Istanbul and Ankara in recent months.

On 1 March a roadside bomb in central Istanbul wounded 16 people, almost all of them police officers who were in a passing bus.

A week later one person was injured in a bomb attack in Ankara, where five people were killed in a powerful blast in September.