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suicide bomber blew himself up outside of a paramilitary building in the
southern Turkish city of Antalya on Friday, killing himself and
wounding several others, Turkish news site Today's Zaman reported.
Turk said the explosion had taken place in front of a paramilitary
gendarmerie headquarters building. TV images from Dogan, a private
Turkish news agency, showed the blast site near a paramilitary
checkpoint at the entrance to Goynuk town, on the outskirts of Antalya
on Turkey's southern Mediterranean coast.
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to Turkish media, the attack may have been carried out by an offshoot
of the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) citing threats from the group to
carry out attacks on "civilians and tourists." Antalya is a popular
tourist resort on Turkey's southern Mediterranean coast.
"An explosion, the cause of which is still unknown, took place in a residential area far from any tourist area, killing one person whose identity is also still unknown," Antalya's deputy governor Recep Yuksel told Anatolian.
Anatolian said a large security perimeter had been formed around the area.
ripped through a line of parked cars in the Turkish capital Ankara
earlier this month, killing three people and wounding at least 15
others, the BBC reported.
The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), a group connected to Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrillas claimed responsibility for that attack and threatened more raids in Turkish cities.
“This is an attack that did not focus on a specific target,” the New York Times quoted Turkish Interior Minister Naim Sahim as saying.
“Anyone could be a target, and
there is no divide between babies or elderly, police or regular
citizens. The target is the Turkish citizen and Turkey as a whole.”
The blast struck the Kizilay neighborhood less than a
kilometer from government buildings, including the prime minister's
office, headquarters of the chief of general staff and several
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc also suggested the blast was
caused by a bomb, although Ankara's governor said it may have been
caused by a burning gas cylinder.
"I've been informed that there was an explosion in a car on Kumrular
Street, close to the PM's office, and there are heavy casualties," Arinc
said. It was "either known or understood" the blast was caused by a
bomb, he added.
A plume of thick smoke rose above the heart of
the city after the blast. Reuters reporters at the scene said a line of
parked vehicles had been destroyed and an adjacent row of shops was
damaged across the street from a primary school.
fire engines rushed to the scene and police set up a security cordon
while bomb disposal teams' sniffer dogs searched for any possible
Ankara governor Alaaddin Yuksel said a witness
had reported that the blast was caused by a burning gas cylinder thrown
into the street, which caused a fire that blew up a car. The incident
was under investigation, he added.