Ten Britons hurt in Turkey blasts

Ten Britons have been injured after three explosions hit a holiday resort in Turkey, the UK Foreign Office said.

The blasts, one on a local minibus, happened close to midnight in the coastal resort of Marmaris.

The injured Britons are in hospital with four in a serious condition.They were among 16 hurt in the same blast.

Six people were also injured in Istanbul after a bomb exploded late on Sunday night, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Turkish police in Marmaris said only one device apparently detonated properly, on the minibus carrying holidaymakers in the centre of the town.

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UK tour operator Thomas Cook said five of its customers are among the injured
Tour operator First Choice says it does not believe any of its customers were caught in the blasts

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said she believed another explosion occured by the harbour. The location of the third blast has not yet been made clear.

She added consular staff were on the ground in the area.

She said it was likely that the 10 injured were holidaymakers but that British nationals could be living in the area.

'Bus explosion'

BBC correspondent Sarah Rainsford said the Britons hurt are believed to have been caught up in the same explosion.

Tayfun Sentop, a spokeman for the Ahu Hetman hospital, where six of the injured have been taken, said their injuries were "nothing serious".

"They have general body traumas and nothing very serious - they are having treatment as inpatients," he told the BBC.

The other four were admitted to the Caria hospital.

Suzanne Poyraz, foreign operations manager at the hospital, said they had suffered burns and shrapnel injuries to their legs and lower extremities.

"They are not too badly injured. None of them have got life-threatening injuries, but of course they are terribly shocked and two have got particularly nasty injuries to their legs."

She said the explosion appeared to come from the bottom or from outside the bus they had all been travelling in.

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Robyn Berry told the BBC News website she was travelling on a bus about twenty minutes before one of blasts.

"We got off the bus about 5 metres from where the explosion happened," she said.

She said following the attack "there was chaos and all you could smell was diesel in the air".

Another witness, Danielle Pearson, told Sky News she saw "the remains of what was left".

"There were ambulances and police cars going everywhere.

"It was the usual holidaymakers walking about, everybody out enjoying themselves."

First Choice, one of the holiday companies operating in the area, said it did not believe any of its customers were involved in the blasts.

"We do have people staying in that area but I have been told that our staff have contacted all of our customers and none of them are involved," a spokeswoman said.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.

It is currently peak season in Marmaris, which is a popular holiday destination among Britons.

The town is relatively westernised with a large number of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

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