Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Bursa: 'Suicide bomber' hits western Turkey

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Security officials secure the area after an explosion outside the historical Ulu Cami in Bursa, Turkey, Wednesday, April 27, 2016Image copyrightAP
Image captionThe attack took place in an area home to an Ottoman-era mosque and bazaar
A suicide bomber has struck in the western Turkish city of Bursa, injuring 13 people, officials say.
The attack took place near the city's 14th Century Grand Mosque, a symbol of the city, reports said.
The governor of Bursa said the attacker was a suspected female suicide bomber.
Turkey has been hit by a wave of suicide bombings blamed on both Islamist and Kurdish militants. Earlier reports said one person had been killed in the blast.
However, Reuters news agency later quoted Turkey's health minister as saying 13 people had been wounded, none seriously.
No-one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing.
On Tuesday the US warned of "credible indications" of terrorist threats at tourist areas in the country.
A man gives first aid to an injured man following a bombing, in Bursa, northwestern Turkey, on April 27, 2016Image copyrightAFP/Getty
Image captionAt least seven people were hurt in the blast

Recent attacks in Turkey

  • 31 March: attack on a bus stop in mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir killed seven
  • 19 March: a suicide bomber killed three Israelis and one Iranian in a shopping area in Istanbul
  • 13 March: 35 people killed by Kurdish militants in Ankara
  • February: 28 killed in military convoy in Ankara
  • January: 12 German tourists died in a suspected IS suicide bombing in Istanbul; seven killed in a suicide attack on a police HQ in Diyarbakir
  • October 2015: More than 100 people are killed in a double suicide bombing at a Kurdish peace rally in Ankara

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