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Turkey: Bomb blast injures 9

world Updated: Mar 07, 2009 14:20 IST

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An official says a bomb has exploded in a bar in northern Turkey and injured nine people.

Governor Nuri Okutan of Trabzon province says the blast occurred in the town of Besikduzu early Saturday. He says one of the injured is in serious condition.

Okutan says the attack does not appear to be terrorism related but has refused to give more details.

Turkey is a secular country but predominantly Muslim. Radical Islamic groups have targeted places selling alcohol in the past. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government has enacted a law giving mayors rather than state officials the power to issue liquor licenses and designate areas where alcohol can be consumed.

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