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Monday, December 31, 2007

Tens of automobiles torched, dozens under arrest

"Tens of automobiles torched, dozens under arrest
Interior Minister Beşir Atalay announced on Saturday that close to 100 vehicles parked on the streets of various cities have been set ablaze in a series of arsons that started in an İstanbul district earlier this month.

The 53 incidents of arson -- some involving the burning of several cars in a night -- occurred in eight cities of the country with the torching of 96 vehicles in total since Dec. 9. The first incidents were initially dismissed by the İstanbul police as the work of a group of pyromaniacs but later proved to be serious terrorist attacks directed at the property of İstanbul residents. Later the events spread to other towns."