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TIMELINE: Major bomb attacks in Turkey

AFP , Wednesday 17 Feb 2016
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A vehicle of firefighters is parked next to the explosion site in Ankara, Turkey February 17, 2016 (Photo: Reuters)
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Following is a list of the worst bomb attacks in Turkey since 1982:

- February 17, 2016: 28 people are killed and 61 wounded in a car bombing targeting the Turkish military in the capital Ankara.

- January 12, 2016: Eleven German tourists are killed and another 16 people wounded in a suicide attack by a Syrian bomber in Istanbul's Sultanahmet district, the ancient tourist heart of the city.

- October 10, 2015: 103 people are killed and more than 500 wounded in twin suicide bombings targeting a pro-Kurdish peace rally in Ankara, the deadliest on Turkish soil. The government blames the IS group.

- July 20, 2015: 34 people are killed and about 100 injured in a suicide bombing in the predominantly-Kurdish town of Suruc near the border with Syria. Turkish officials blame IS.

- May 11, 2013: A twin car bomb attack kills 52 people in Reyhanli near the Syrian border. Ankara blames pro-Damascus groups.

- February 11, 2013: 17 people are killed when a Syrian minibus explodes in Reyhanli.

- July 27, 2008: Two bombings in Istanbul leave 17 dead and 115 wounded. The authorities blame the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

- September 12, 2006: Ten people, including children, are killed in a powerful bomb blast in Diyarbakir, the largest city in the mainly Kurdish southeast. The PKK denies involvement.

- November 15 and 20, 2003: Four suicide car bomb attacks in Istanbul hit two synagogues, the British consulate and a branch of the British multinational bank HSBC, leaving 63 dead, including Britain's consul general, and hundreds wounded. The attacks are claimed by Al-Qaeda and a Turkish extremist group named the Islamic Front of Raiders of the Great Orient.

- March 13, 1999: Twelve are killed in a firebombing on an Istanbul shopping mall. The attack is claimed by the PKK, which later retracts its statement.

- December 25, 1991: Explosives and firebombs are hurled at an Istanbul department store, killing 17 people and injuring 23. The attack is blamed on the PKK.

- September 6, 1986: A twin suicide bombing claimed by Islamic Jihad kills 22 people at a synagogue in Istanbul.

- August 7, 1982: A bomb at Ankara airport followed by a gun battle leaves 11 dead and 63 injured. The attack is claimed by the Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA).

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