A series of explosions rocked the city Istanbul Thursday. The blasts have reportedly
killed at least 25 people and injured at least 100 others.
The explosions included blasts in front of the British-owned HSBC bank in
an upscale district of Istanbul and another close to the British Consulate.
Television reports from Istanbul said body parts were scattered in front
of the HSBC headquarters building. The reports said another bomb explosion
tore off the wall surrounding the garden of the British consulate in the downtown
district of Beyoglu.
TV reports from Istanbul showed scenes of devastation, with glass filled
streets and rubble outside the British Council. Windows of surrounding houses
were blown out.
The blasts follow suicide attacks on two Istanbul Synagogues last Saturday that
killed at least 23 people.
A unit of the al-Qaida network claimed responsibility for the synagogue attacks,
and warned that it was planning more attacks against the United States.
British Foreign Minister Jack Straw was among the first to issue a condemnation,
calling the attacks an ''appalling act of terrorism'' and saying they have
all the hallmarks of al-Qaida. Turkey's Justice Minister Cemil Cicek was reported
as saying the attacks were carried out by suicide car bombers.
Turkey's Foreign Minister, Abdullah Gul, among the first Turkish official
to speak out on Thursday's blasts - has condemned the blasts, saying Turkey
will not bow to terror.