Dead and Injured in Attack on Bus with Guards in Turkey

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A bomb attack on a bus carrying guards in the northwestern Turkish industrial city of Bursa has left one dead and four injured, Turkish authorities said on Wednesday.

 

The bomb was placed under a utility pole on the side of the road. It exploded as the bus drove by, Bursa governor Yakup Canbolat told NTV. The bus was carrying about 30 prison guards.

The attack has not been claimed. The perpetrators are still on the run.

Turkey suffered a spate of attacks in 2016, claimed by the jihadist group Islamic State and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an organization deemed “terrorist” by Ankara and its Western allies.

The attack comes at a time when Turkey has launched an air and ground offensive against the PKK, which has bases and training camps in northern Iraq.

Bursa, the former capital of the Ottoman Empire before Constantinople, is known for its silk fabrics and is home to one of Turkey’s most important industrial zones, especially for the automotive and textile industries.

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