updated 3/31/2006 11:27:42 AM ET 2006-03-31T16:27:42

A bomb hidden in a garbage can exploded near an Istanbul bus stop Friday, killing one person and injuring 13 others, police said.

The blast occurred in the Kocamustafapasa district. A police official, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said authorities suspect that autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels may have been behind the blast.

Turkey bars civil servants from speaking to journalists without prior authorization.

Video footage broadcast on CNN-Turk television showed debris scattered across a residential street, covering the sidewalk and parked cars.

Police carrying submachine guns tried to keep crowds of people from the site. A bomb disposal expert wearing protective gear checked nearby garbage cans.

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