Turkish authorities said on Thursday (April 28) they detained 15 suspects over the suicide bombing that struck the northwestern city of Bursa on Wednesday.
A dozen people were injured when a female suicide bomber blew herself up near the city’s main mosque, following afternoon prayers.
Many of the wounded had light injuries such as cuts from shattered windows.
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Bursa is Turkey’s fourth-largest city and an industrial hub. It’s not a major tourist destination, but draws some foreign visitors with its Ottoman-era architecture.
Police cordoned off the site of the blast, and passersby were ushered away as ambulances and forensics teams arrived.
The mosque is located in a busy neighbourhood, on a street dotted by jewelry shops. The explosion came shortly after a funeral and afternoon prayers, broadcaster CNN Turk said.
The attack was the fifth suicide bombing in a major urban centre this year. Two attacks in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, have been blamed on ISIL, while two in the capital, Ankara, were claimed by a Kurdish militant group.
Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Bursa.
It came a day after the United States warned American citizens in Turkey about credible terrorist threats to tourist areas.
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