Police hurt in Istanbul bomb blast
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.