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01/02/03 . n/a . AP World Politics . Turkey
Police defuse bomb at Istanbul McDonald's restaurant
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Police found a time bomb at a McDonald's restaurant in Istanbul on Saturday, but defused it before it exploded.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bomb. But radical leftist, Kurdish and Islamic groups are active here and have carried out bombings in the past.
Police said the explosive was found at a two-story McDonald's in the suburban Merter district, but refused to elaborate.
The Anatolia news agency reported that an employee found the bomb inside a cardboard box left under a table. The employee had been taking the box outside to throw it away, but noticed cables and a timing device inside.
Bombs have exploded previously in McDonald's restaurants in Istanbul, including a September 2001 attack, which injured one person in the leg.