Four people were killed when a bomb exploded on a crowded public bus here on Thursday, a few hours after a similar device blew up near a luxury hotel in Ankara, Turkey, where President Bush was due to stay this weekend in advance of the NATO summit meeting on Monday. Turkish security officials said they believed that the Istanbul bomb went off accidentally in the lap of a woman passenger who could have been on her way to detonate it elsewhere in the city. “The bus was not the target,” said Gov. Muammer Guler of Istanbul, after visiting the hospital where some of the 15 people wounded were being treated. “The bomb was being carried from one place to another.” Turkish security forces have been especially vigilant in the last few weeks in anticipation of the NATO meeting, which has provoked several anti-NATO and anti-American demonstrations across Turkey. Full Story
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