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Turkey: Car bomb kills child, wounds 17

  • A car bomb in southeastern Turkish province of Sanliurfa killed a child while 17 people were injured. The explosion took place near a building where prosecutors are housed in the district of Viransehir, which is close to the Syrian border.

    The provincial governor's office said that 18 of the citizens have been taken to hospital, including a 10-year-old child who died later. One of the injured was in a serious condition.

    The governor claimed that the blast was caused by a parked vehicle loaded with explosives and detonated using a remote control. The Governor added that the lodgings were badly damaged. Other buildings and several cars in the area were also damaged.

    Meanwhile, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Twitter that no terrorist outfit or attack can weaken Turkey's fight against terror.

    As of now, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Noticeably, Turkey was rocked by a series of attacks last year, for which Kurdish militants and Islamic State (IS) jihadists have been blamed. The country was witnessed a failed military coup in July 2016. This year was no different with a New Year's attack on an elite Istanbul nightclub that claimed 39 lives, mostly foreigners.