Turkey Car Bomb Blast: 1 Dead, 13 Wounded


Ankara(Turkey): An explosion Sunday near a police station in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep has killed a policeman and injured 13 other people, an official said.

Gov. Ali Yerlikaya of Gaziantep province said those injured in the blast at the entrance of the police station include at least nine policemen. The city is near the border with Syria.

Private NTV television says the explosion appears to have been caused by a car bomb. Unconfirmed reports say gunfire was heard after the explosion. Several ambulances have been sent to the scene, the agency said.

Turkey, which is facing growing blowback from the conflict in Syria and renewed conflict with Kurdish militants, has recently seen an uptick of such attacks. In the past year, more than 200 people across the country have been killed in seven suicide bombings, including an attack this week in the city of Bursa, northwest Turkey, which killed the bomber and wounded 13 people.