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Cablegate: Explosion at Izmir Sumerbank

R 301407Z DEC 87
FM AMCONSUL IZMIR
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 7096
INFO AMEMBASSY ANKARA
AMCONSUL ISTANBUL
AMCONSUL ADANA

UNCLAS IZMIR 01213

LIMITED OFFICIAL USE

E.O. 12356: N/A
TAGS: PTER PINS TU
SUBJECT: EXPLOSION AT IZMIR SUMERBANK

1. AT 9:30 PM LOCAL TIME DECEMBER 29, A BOMB EXPLODED
AT A SUMERBANK RETAIL STORE IN THE KAPILAR SECTION OF
DOWNTOWN IZMIR. THE STORE WAS CLOSED AT THE TIME AND
NO ONE WAS INJURED BUT POLICE ESTIMATE THE BOMB WAS OF
"CONSIDERABLE" STRENGTH AS NINE OR TEN SHOPS IN THE
IMMEDIATE VICINITY ALSO SUFFERED DAMAGE, MAINLY BROKEN
GLASS.

2. OUR POLICE AND SUMERBANK CONTACTS ARE NOT ABLE AT
THIS POINT TO ADD MUCH MORE TO THE INFORMATION ABOVE,
ALL OF WHICH WAS REPORTED IN THE PRESS. THE POLICE ADD
ONLY THAT THE BOMB WAS CERTAINLY A "CLOCK" OR TIMED
BOMB AND THE THE PKK IS THE PRIMARY SUSPECT. WHILE THE
POLICE SAY THAT THEY RECEIVED NO CALLS, YENI ASIR REPORTS
IT RECEIVED A TELEPHONE CALL FROM A PERSON CLAIMING
PKK RESPONSIBILITY AND ASSERTING THAT "SUCH ACTIONS
WILL CONTINUE."


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