Boy sets off bomb injuring five in Turkey

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A teen-ager accidentally triggered a bomb he found in a trash can, injuring himself, three other boys and a passer-by, the Anatolia news agency reported today.

A teen-ager accidentally triggered a bomb he found in a trash can, injuring himself, three other boys and a passer-by, the Anatolia news agency reported today.

The 14-year-old boy found the device in a rubbish bin on a street in the southeastern city of Van, and brought it to his neighborhood, where he ignored his friends' warnings and began playing with it, Anatolia reported.

The bomb detonated when the boy smacked it against the ground.

It was not clear how badly the boys, aged between 9 and 14, and the 56-year old man were hurt. All were rushed to a hospital.

Police investigators were trying to determine who planted the bomb in the trash can.

Turkish police have intensified security following recent attacks by leftist radicals that have left three policemen dead and more than two dozen people injured.

Van is located in a largely Kurdish region near the Iranian border.

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