Bomb kills one before rally against Turkish government

Published May 13, 2007

IZMIR, Turkey - A homemade bomb on a bicycle exploded at a market in the port city of Izmir on Saturday, killing one person and wounding 14 others, the state-run Anatolia news agency said.

The blast occurred a day before hundreds of thousands of secular Turks were expected to march against the Islamic-rooted government, but Izmir's mayor said he thought there was no connection between the attack and the demonstration. Kurdish, leftist and radical Islamic groups have carried out past bombings.

The bomb went off as vendors were setting up their stalls. Police searched for a suspect who left the bicycle. Witnesses reported seeing a blue bag on the bicycle, Anatolia said.

Political tensions are high after secular lawmakers blocked the election of a president from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party out of fear the nation's secularism would be undermined.