Female suicide bomber wounds 13 in Turkish city of Bursa | Reuters

ANKARA/ISTANBUL A female suicide bomber wounded at least 13 people when she blew herself up near the main mosque in the northwestern Turkish city of Bursa on Wednesday, officials said, the fifth suicide bombing in a major urban centre this year. Photographs from the scene showed the severed torso of what appeared to be the bomber lying at the side of the mosque. Police ushered dazed passers-by out of surrounding streets as ambulances and forensics teams arrived

Reuters April 27, 2016 23:46:57 IST
Female suicide bomber wounds 13 in Turkish city of Bursa
| Reuters

Female suicide bomber wounds 13 in Turkish city of Bursa
 Reuters

ANKARA/ISTANBUL A female suicide bomber wounded at least 13 people when she blew herself up near the main mosque in the northwestern Turkish city of Bursa on Wednesday, officials said, the fifth suicide bombing in a major urban centre this year.

Photographs from the scene showed the severed torso of what appeared to be the bomber lying at the side of the mosque. Police ushered dazed passers-by out of surrounding streets as ambulances and forensics teams arrived.

The local governor's office said the woman was thought to have detonated a device she was wearing at 5:26 pm (1426 GMT) near the western gate of Bursa's Grand Mosque. Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said 13 people were injured, none critically.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

"The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber. It is a woman," a senior government official told Reuters.

Turkey has been hit by a series of suicide bombings this year, including two in its largest city Istanbul blamed on Islamic State, and two in the capital Ankara which were claimed by a Kurdish militant group. It has also faced attacks from far leftist groups, mostly on police and security forces.

The Bursa attack happened a day after the United States warned American citizens in Turkey about credible terrorist threats to tourist areas.

Bursa is Turkey's fourth-largest city, an industrial hub directly south of Istanbul across the Marmara Sea. While not one of the country's biggest tourist destinations, it draws some foreign visitors with its Ottoman-era architecture.

The mosque is situated in a bustling part of Bursa on a street full of jewelry shops. The explosion came at a busy time, shortly after a funeral and afternoon prayers, broadcaster CNN Turk said.

Many of the wounded had light injuries such as cuts from shattered windows and some have already been discharged from hospital.

Turkey is facing multiple security threats. As part of a U.S.-led coalition, it is fighting Islamic State in neighbouring Syria and Iraq. It is also battling Kurdish militants in its southeast, where a 2-1/2-year ceasefire collapsed last July, triggering the worst violence since the 1990s.

A suicide bombing in Istanbul's main shopping district last month killed three Israelis, two of whom held dual citizenship with the U.S., and one Iranian. A separate attack in the city's historic heart in January killed 12 German tourists.

An offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group, meanwhile, claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings in Ankara this year which killed 66 people.

(Additional reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by David Dolan and Ed Osmond)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

also read

AUKUS is a big deal in Indo-Pacific architecture, and it will complement, not diminish the importance of Quad
World

AUKUS is a big deal in Indo-Pacific architecture, and it will complement, not diminish the importance of Quad

It is obvious that China's military aggressiveness, bullying of the nations in Indo-Pacific necessitated a response, and the 'historic' security alliance is aimed at mitigating the challenges

Joe Biden announces Indo-Pacific alliance AUKUS with UK, Australia ahead of Quad summit
World

Joe Biden announces Indo-Pacific alliance AUKUS with UK, Australia ahead of Quad summit

The new security alliance is likely to be seen as a provocative move by China, which has repeatedly lashed out at Joe Biden as he's sought to refocus US foreign policy on the Pacific

SC slams Centre for 'cherry-picking' names for tribunals, directs govt to make appointments in two weeks
India

SC slams Centre for 'cherry-picking' names for tribunals, directs govt to make appointments in two weeks

There are around 250 posts lying vacant in various key tribunals and appellate tribunals