ISTANBUL, Turkey – Explosions rocked two small tourist hotels and a gas plant in Istanbul early today in apparent terrorist attacks, killing at least two people and injuring seven others, police said.
The explosion at a liquefied petroleum gas plant took place shortly after an anonymous bomb threat, police said. It was not clear if there were any casualties.
The two earlier explosions rocked inexpensive hotels, which often host tourists from former Soviet republics, around 2 a.m., police said.
Workers at the Pars hotel in the Sultanahmet area said they received an anonymous call warning of a bomb only 10 minutes before it exploded.
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