Fourteeen people have been injured in the bombing of an internet cafe in Istanbul on Thursday, six of which were police officers. The cafe is frequented by police officers from the nearby local headquarters of Istanbul's riot police, according to The Associated Press.
Radical Islamic, Kurdish and leftist militants are active in the city. al-Qaeda-linked Turkish militants were suspected of carrying out a series of suicide bombings in Istanbul in November 2003 that targeted British and Jewish sites and killed 61 people.
The Turkish Daily News reports that violence stemming from the Danish cartoons may spread across Turkey as Friday prayers approach. The bombing may be a warning to the riot police not to interfere with any violence against European institutions in the coming days. Assessments point to a likelihood of protests and/or violence in Istanbul and/or Ankara in the very near future.