Bomb found outside Istanbul shopping centre

News agency says police defused the bomb and it took to a laboratory for further investigation


Afp January 10, 2015
A Turkish police officer stands guard along a street leading to where a female suicide bomber was killed on January 6, 2015, when she blew herself up in an attack on the police station in the main tourist district of Istanbul PHOTO: AFP

ISTANBUL: Turkish police on Saturday defused a bomb outside a shopping centre in Istanbul, with the city on a high security alert following a suicide bombing earlier this week.

The homemade device was found in a suspect package in front of a shopping centre in the western suburb of Basaksehir after a passer-by raised the alarm, the official Anatolia news agency reported.

Police defused the device and took it to a laboratory for further investigation, it said. Reports described the device as a fragmentation bomb.

In another security alert Saturday, police detonated in controlled explosion gas cannisters that had been found in a suspicious package in the suburb of Sefakoy, Anatolia said.

The female suicide bomber and a policeman were killed in Tuesday's bombing in the Sultanahmet district, the location of most of the biggest historic tourist attractions in Istanbul.

An extreme leftist Turkish group initially claimed the attack but then retracted the claim, saying the first statement was an error.

Security has been high in Turkey over the past few months, amid fears of attacks by militants controlling parts of Iraq and Syria up to the Turkish border.

COMMENTS (1)

Sid | 7 years ago | Reply

And the strange question from the minister of Turkey, "Why is world tilting to Islamaphobia"

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