Car Bomb Attack Kills One, Injuries 13 In Turkey’s Gaziantep

blastKABUL: (MEP) A police officer was killed and 13 people, including nine police officers, were wounded in a car bomb attack at a police headquarters in Turkey’s Gaziantep on Sunday, security sources said.

NTV television said the explosion was caused by a car bomb and had been followed by sounds of gunfire.

All roads in the region have been closed down as a safety precaution and police sources are now trying to find a white commercial vehicle linked to the bombing, DHA news agency said.

CNN Turk said the blast was heard several kilometres away.

One of the main cities of Turkey’s southeast, Gaziantep has a population of around 1.5 million and is also a major hub for refugees who have fled the war in neighboring Syria.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Gaziantep, arrived at the explosion site 10 minutes after the blast.

“I counted at least six ambulances at the scene,” she said. “We didn’t see any smoke but we smelled it in the air.”

Reporters were told that there may be a threat of another attack.

Turkey has been hit by a series of deadly blasts over the past year, linked either to Kurdish militants or so-called Islamic State (IS).

 

 

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