Blast hits Turkish checkpoint near Syrian border

Two people, including a police officer, hospitalized after an explosion near a checkpoint in the Suruc district of Sanliurfa province.

Blast hits Turkish checkpoint near Syrian border


World Bulletin / News Desk

A bomb detonated by remote control rocked an area near a Turkish police checkpoint close to the Syrian border on Friday, wounding three people, security sources said.

The sources told the explosives were placed under a car and detonated near the town of Suruc, some 15 km (9 miles) north of the Syrian town of Kobani.

“Two people, including a police officer, were slightly injured after an explosion near waste containers located near a police checkpoint at the entry of the district,” said Sanliurfa Governor Izzettin Kucuk , adding that the wounded had been hospitalized.

There were no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, which is likely to put police on heightened alert after recent blasts in Istanbul. The proximity to Syria will raise concerns the attack is related to the conflict there.

A photograph published by Turkish media showed a charred and badly damaged vehicle with its windows blown out and smoke rising from the bonnet.

The wounded, a police officer and two workers, were being treated in hospital for injuries caused by the explosion, which occurred at 0840 GMT. The sources initially said two people were hurt.

Bomb disposal experts at the scene were investigating to determine the type of the explosives, the sources said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Şubat 2015, 14:03