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CNN.com – Powerful blasts kill at least 26 in Istanbul – Nov. 20, 2003

CNN.com – Powerful blasts kill at least 26 in Istanbul – Nov. 20, 2003: “ISTANBUL, Turkey (CNN) — Powerful explosions ripped through the British Consulate and a London-based bank near a shopping mall in Istanbul Thursday — killing at least 26 people and wounding more than 450 others, Turkish Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu said.
Local officials said there were at least two bombings. British officials said they believed there were at least five bombings.
Ian Sherwood, chaplain of the British Consulate, told CNN that Consul General Roger Short was among 16 people killed at the consulate. One of the main buildings was ‘completely demolished,’ he said.
Sherwood said the consulate had been ‘secure as possible,’ but that the bombing was ‘huge.’ He said his house down the street shook, and the whole neighborhood was damaged.
It was the second coordinated attack in Istanbul in the last week. On Saturday, 23 people were killed in car bombings of two synagogues. “

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