Sunday 22 April 2018

Turkish police kill would-be suicide bomber in southeast - security official

Police in Istanbul Photo: Reuters/Huseyin Aldemir
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Turkish police killed a would-be suicide bomber who tried to enter the main police station in the southeastern city of Gaziantep on Tuesday, a security official told Reuters.

Television channels reported that a gunfight broke out in front of the building and that ambulances had been sent to the area.

Eyewitnesses said one police officer was wounded in the incident while a dead person, presumed to be an attacker, was lying on the ground in front of the police station, Dogan news agency reported.

It was the latest in a series of violent incidents to have rocked Turkey over the last year. On New Year's Day a gunman killed 39 revellers inside a popular Istanbul nightclub in an attack claimed by Islamic State militants.

Four days later, attackers who officials suspect were Kurdish militants clashed with police and detonated a car bomb in western Turkey, killing a police officer and a court employee.


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