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Kurdish fighters exploded a remote-controlled bomb next to a bus carrying Turkish military personneland their families on the outskirts of Istanbul, killing five people and wounding 12.

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Four of the dead were soldiers while the fifth was the 17-year-old daughter of an officer.

The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) claimed responsibility for the attack, the second on security forces in Istanbul in the past month.

It comes at a time when the Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK) has called off its 14-month ceasefire and begun launching near daily attacks on the military and police.

Al Jazeera's Anita McNaught reports.

Source: Al Jazeera