Dutch nationals injured in Istanbul blasts
10 August 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Two Dutch nationals were among seven people injured as a series of bomb blasts hit the Turkish city Istanbul on Tuesday morning, killing two people.
10 August 2004
AMSTERDAM — Two Dutch nationals were among seven people injured as a series of bomb blasts hit the Turkish city Istanbul on Tuesday morning, killing two people.
An official with the Dutch consulate in Istanbul said the Dutch nationals were slightly injured and have been transferred to another city hotel. The consulate has not been contacted by other concerned Dutch nationals in the Turkish city.
The emergency call centre of the Dutch motorists association ANWB has also heard reports of two injured Dutch nationals, but could not provide further details.
In almost simultaneous blasts, the bombings targeted two cheap tourist hotels — the Pars Hotel in the suburb Laleli and the Holiday Hotel in Sultanahmet — at about 1.40am on Tuesday.
An anonymous caller had alerted authorities to the presence of explosives in a Pars Hotel room shortly before the blast. Both deaths — an Iranian and Turkish national — occurred at that hotel, news agency ANP reported.
Istanbul has been on high alert after a string of recent attacks, including four simultaneous suicide bombings which killed more than 60 people in November 2003.
The chief of the Istanbul police, Celalettin Cerrah, has described the latest bombings as acts of terrorism, but as yet no group has claimed responsibility.
Meanwhile, in another part of the city, two bombs were detonated at an LPG gas depot, triggering a gas leak and small fire. Four workers were on site at the time, but a company worker said no one was injured in the blasts.
The explosions in the hotels caused great damage and besides the two Dutch nationals, two Chinese, one Ukrainian, a Turkish national and a Turkmen (from Turkmenistan) were also injured in the blasts. None of them received life threatening injuries.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news