The holiday resort of Marmaris is in deep shock this morning after 3 bombs exploded within an hour of each other around midnight last night in the heart of the seaside town.

The holiday resort of Marmaris is in deep shock this morning after 3 bombs exploded within an hour of each other around midnight last night in the heart of the seaside town.

One bomb was planted under the seats on a Dolmus (small public transports minibus) carrying British tourists and Turkish locals from the town centre back to the resort area of Armutalan. As the bus passed the Turkish Airlines shop on the main beach front the device exploded. Police say that 10 British tourists and 11 locals were injured in the blast. After the bus blast police appealed to tourists who gathered at the scene to return to their hotels. The picture shown is, we believe, of a dolmus that was damaged by one of the bin bombs.

Two other devices apparently exploded in rubbish bins around the resort but no injuries were reported from these blasts and details of these blasts are yet to be confirmed.

The UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth website issued a travel advice update on their website early this morning highlighting the overnight incident as follows:

• On 28 August  2006, a series of explosions in the Aegean coastal resort of Marmaris resulted in a number of casualties. Several British nationals were among the injured. Also on 28 August, an explosion in the Istanbul suburb of Bagcilar (European side) left six people injured. Foreign nationals are not believed to have been involved. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has set up a dedicated telephone number for people concerned about relatives: Tel (+44) 0207 008 0000.

• There is a high threat from terrorism in Turkey.  We believe that international terrorist groups, as well as indigenous ones, are currently active in Turkey.  Further attacks, including in tourist areas, could well occur.  On 16 July 2005, an explosion on a minibus in the western Turkish resort of Kusadasi killed five people including one British national; five British nationals were also injured.  On 11 July 2005, an explosion in the coastal resort of Cesme, western Turkey, injured 20 people including a British national.

• On 20 November 2003, terrorist attacks against the British Consulate-General and the headquarters of HSBC in Istanbul caused 33 deaths and injured several hundred.  Since then, there have been a number of small-scale terrorist incidents.  Targets have included sites that are linked to Western (including UK) interests as well as to the Turkish State.

Around the resort this morning many tourists have preferred to remain in their hotels or apartments and shopping streets and beaches are much quieter than usual. British tourists asked about their feelings over the incident were surprisingly adamant that the apparent terrorist bombings wouldn’t upset their holiday. Many voiced support for the Turkish authorities and cited the London Tube and Bus bombings saying that they were determined to carry on as normally as possible and wouldn’t be deterred by terrorism.

{mosimage}This morning the Governor of Marmaris together with the Mayor of Marmaris visited the injured patients in hospital and assured them that everything possible was being done to apprehend the perpetrators. The British tourists injured in the blast are: Alex Bedford, Master Louis and Suzanne Bedford, Janet Hughes, Kevin and Jennifer Smith, Master Adam Pond, Katherine Urry, Mart Stringer, Dorothy Huger. The majority of the bus victims mainly suffered injuries to their legs. Our photo shows Alex Bedford recovering in hospital. Of the 21 people injured on the bus 9 were released from hospital this afternoon.