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Deadly blast hits police headquarters in Turkey

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PHOTO: Kadir Konuksever/Al Jazeera Turk

PHOTO: Kadir Konuksever/Al Jazeera Turk

A bomb attack outside the police headquarters in Turkey’s southeastern city of Gaziantep has killed two policemen and injured 22 others, officials said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for yesterday’s attack, which happened some 60km from the Syrian border.

Security sources, however, said police raided the home of a man suspected with links to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL, also known as ISIS) after the attack. The suspect’s father was detained.

Turkish media reported that an explosive-laden vehicle blew up next to the safety barriers at the entrance of the city’s main police station.

Two cars entered the area with assailants firing automatic weapons and police responding to the attack, daily Hurriyet reported.

One of the cars drove off, while the second car exploded, according to the newspaper.

Reporters were told that there may be a threat of another attack.


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