Blast hits police in western Turkey

Explosion injures 16 people, most of them policemen and soldiers.

    Footage showed dark smoke coming off wreckage in front of a police minibus  [AFP]

    Speaking on condition of anonymity, a spokesman from the governor's office said a colonel was among those wounded.

    "One of the injured soldiers, a private, is in a critical condition and is being operated on," he said. 

    The blast shattered windows in the surrounding area, which was near a police housing complex in the Konak district.

    Television footage showed dark smoke coming off a burning piece of wreckage in front of a police minibus as police cordoned off the area and warned civilians to stay away.

    The explosion comes two days after a suspected suicide bomber pursued by police detonated a car in the southern city of Mersin, killing himself and wounding 12 officers.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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