Turkey: deadly car bomb targets Gaziantep police HQ

Turkey – (warsoor) – At least one policeman has been killed in a car bomb blast near a police headquarters in the south-east Turkish city of Gaziantep, officials say.

Nineteen police and four civilians are reported to have been injured by the early-morning explosion.

The blast was heard several kilometres away, CNN Turk TV reported.

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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).

Ankara, Istanbul and Bursa are among cities that have been targeted by suicide bombings.

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Some reports said gunfire was heard after the blast, which occurred at about 09:30 local time (06:30 GMT). There was no immediate word on who is behind the latest blast.

The police building is close to several government offices, including that of the governor and mayor, the AP news agency said.

Gaziantep, which is near the Syrian border, is known to have several IS cells.

Source: BBC

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