The Courier-Mail

Police hurt in Istanbul bomb blast

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ANKARA: A bomb attack at a police station in Istanbul has injured five police officers and two civilians.

The attack targeted the police station in Istanbul’s Sultanbeyl­i neighbourh­ood and caused a fire that collapsed part of the three-storey building. The blast also damaged neighbouri­ng buildings and about 20 cars parked nearby.

There was no immediate claim for the attack, which comes at a time of a sharp spike in violence between Turkey’s security forces and rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

The attack also comes at a time when Turkey is taking a more active role against ISIS militants. Last month it conducted aerial strikes against ISIS positions in Syria and agreed to let the US-led coalition use its bases for its fight against the death cult.

The move followed a suicide bombing blamed on ISIS which killed 32 people, and after ISIS militants fired at Turkish soldiers.

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