The bombing in the city of Bursa killed only the attacker and has not been claimed by a terrorist organization
An injured person sits in an ambulance after a suicide bomb attack outside the historical tourist destination at Ulu Cami in Bursa, Turkey, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. The office of the governor of Bursa said in a statement carried by the state-owned Anadolu Agency that a woman believed to be a suicide bomber blew herself up. (IHA agency via AP ) TURKEY OUT, photo: IHA agency via AP
27 of April 2016 13:22:38
ISTANBUL – A female suicide bomber blew herself up in a historic district of Turkey's fourth largest city on Wednesday, wounding 13 people, according to officials.[caption id="attachment_14727" align="alignright" width="300"] Security officials secure the area after an explosion outside the historical Ulu Cami in Bursa, Turkey, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Photo: IHA agency via AP[/caption]The assailant was "aged about 25" and only fragments were left of her body after the attack in the city of Bursa, said Turkey'shealth minister, Mehmet Muezzinoglu.He said 13 individuals were wounded in the attack but none of them were in critical condition. Another seven people sought medical attention over ear pain and hearing problems as a consequence of the blast.Bursa Governor Munir Karaloglu said authorities were still trying to determine the identity and affiliation of the woman. He denied reports that two other accomplices were seen fleeing the scene, saying they were citizens fleeing in panic and that she acted alone.The explosion ripped through an area that is home to an Ottoman-era mosque and bazaar in the northwestern city, which is a popular tourist destination for both locals and foreigners. Turkish channels broadcast footage of people fleeing the area as police and ambulances rushed to the scene.The attack occurred a day after the United States issued a new warning to its citizens about "credible indications" of terrorist threats against tourist areas in Turkey.More than 200 people have been killed in seven suicide bombings, including Wednesday's, across Turkey in the past year.Kurdish militants, who have been fighting state security forces in a renewed conflict in the southeast, have claimed two such attacks.But the main perpetrator, according to Turkish authorities, has been the Islamic State group, which controls territory in neighboring Syria and Iraq. The extremist group is known to have cells in Turkey but never claimed responsibility for any of the suicide attacks on Turkish soil.Turkey is a member of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group, allowing allied jets to carry out bombing runs against the militants from its bases. Turkish tanks periodically fire at the Islamic State group targets in Syria in response to cross-border missiles which have claimed 18 lives in the border town of Kilis this year.
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