Explosion in Turkey's Bursa caused by female suicide bomber

Seven people were wounded in the blast, the security source said.

April 27, 2016 18:56
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Istanbul, Turkey after suicide terrorist kills 5

Istanbul, Turkey after suicide terrorist kills 5. (photo credit: REUTERS)

An explosion in the northwestern Turkish city of Bursa on Wednesday was caused by a female suicide bomber the local governor's office said in a statement.

Seven people were wounded in the blast, the security source said. Turkey has been hit by a series of suicide bombings this year, including two in Istanbul blamed on Islamic State and two in the capital Ankara claimed by Kurdish militants.

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Initially, the state broadcaster TRT had attributed the incident to a natural gas explosion.

Turkey has faced a rash of terrorism attributed to the Islamic State since last year.

Last month, a deadly suicide attack in a commercial area in Istanbul killed four people, three of whom were Israeli, and wounded 36 others.

In February, at least 28 people were killed and over 60 wounded in the administrative heart of Turkey's capital Ankara when a vehicle laden with explosives detonated as military buses passed near the armed forces' headquarters, parliament and government buildings.

A suicide bombing in the historic heart of Istanbul in January, also blamed on Islamic State, killed 10 German tourists and in October of 2015 an attack in Ankara killed more than 100 people when two suicide bombers struck a rally of pro-Kurdish and labor activists outside the capital's main train station.

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