Suicide bombers rock Turkey

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

IS­TAN­BUL (AP): UICIDE BOMBERS blew them­selves up on Sun­day dur­ing a Turk­ish po­lice raid against sus­pected Is­lamic State (IS) mil­i­tants near the Syr­ian border, killing three po­lice of­fi­cers and wound­ing eight other peo­ple, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency re­ported.

Gaziantep gov­er­nor Ali Yer­likaya, speak­ing to the agency, said po­lice re­ceived a tip about a group of IS mil­i­tants hid­ing in a house in the city’s Sahin­bey dis­trict and launched an op­er­a­tion to ap­pre­hend them. The mil­i­tants blew them­selves up when they re­alised they could not es­cape, the agency re­ported. It was not clear how many suicide bombers were in­volved.

“Un­for­tu­nately, three of our po­lice of­fi­cers were mar­tyred and eight peo­ple, in­clud­ing four Syr­i­ans, were wounded,” he told Anadolu. The news agency said po­lice of­fi­cers were among the wounded and one per­son was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

The gov­er­nor said the po­lice raid fol­lowed a tip that the group could be plan­ning an at­tack on an Alaw­ite cul­tural as­so­ci­a­tion in the city, ac­cord­ing to Anadolu.

Turkey has been rocked by a se­ries of deadly at­tacks over the past year, car­ried out by IS or Kur­dish mil­i­tants linked to the out­lawed Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party, or PKK.

In Au­gust, 54 peo­ple were killed when a suicide bomber blew him­self up dur­ing an out­door wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion in Gaziantep. Au­thor­i­ties said the at­tack was the work of the IS group.

SAP Am­bu­lances and se­cu­rity mem­bers at­tend the scene near an ex­plo­sion site after suicide bombers blew them­selves up on Sun­day dur­ing a po­lice raid against sus­pected Is­lamic State mil­i­tants near the Syr­ian border in Gaziantep, Turkey. Three po­lice of­fi­cers were killed and oth­ers wounded, ac­cord­ing to Gaziantep gov­er­nor Ali Yer­likaya speak­ing to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.

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