Sunday 23 July 2017

Car bomb kills two policemen in Turkey

Security officers and firefighters work moments after an explosion outside the Police headquarters in Gaziantep. Photo: AP
Security officers and firefighters work moments after an explosion outside the Police headquarters in Gaziantep. Photo: AP

Dominique Soguel

A car bomb struck the entrance of a Turkish police station yesterday, killing two policemen and wounding 22 other people, officials said.

Four civilians were among those injured in the blast at Gaziantep, according to the governor of the province.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Turkey has suffered multiple bombings in recent months linked either to Kurdish militants or Isil.

International Labour Day demonstrations in Gaziantep were cancelled for security reasons yesterday, the private Dogan news agency reported.

Speaking in Ankara, the Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed his condolences and wished a speedy recovery to those wounded in "the heinous terrorist attack".

Demonstrators

Police in Ankara, meanwhile, carried out anti-terror operations overnight and detained four suspected Isil members who were allegedly planning to attack May Day demonstrators, the Anadolu Agency reported.

In Istanbul, police imposed tight security measures and used water cannons and tear gas on May Day demonstrators who sought to rally in a number of non-designated areas.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident yesterday, four people were wounded after two rockets hit a car park and a house garden in Kilis, another town near the Syrian border, the Anadolu Agency reported.

It said the Turkish military retaliated by firing at Isil targets across the border in Syria, killing nine militants.

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