1 killed, 2 injured in Turkish tourist resort explosion


An explosion at a holiday resort near to the Turkish city of Antalya has killed one person and injured two others. The blast follows a recent escalation of violent activity in Turkish cities by Kurdish militants.

An explosion left one person dead in the Turkish resort town of Kemer, near to the city of Antalya, on Friday.

Two other people were hurt in the blast, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported, although their injuries were described as minor.

“An unidentified individual was killed and two people nearby were slightly injured due to a blast with an unknown source that occurred at a distance from residential and tourist area,” Anatolia quoted Recep Yuksel, deputy governor of the Antalya region, as saying.

The private Dogan news agency said a suicide bomber set the bomb off outside a military police station in the town.

Last week, three people were killed and 15 were wounded in a car bomb explosion in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Danger of further attacks

The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), a group linked with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), claimed responsibility for that attack. It also threatened to carry out more raids in Turkish cities.

That group has also claimed responsibility for a bombing in Kemer in August that injured 10 people.

Turkey also has a history of bomb attacks by leftists and Islamist militants.

In a recent crackdown on alleged Kurdish rebels and their sympathizers across the country, police have detained activists and bombed Kurdish rebel targets in neighboring Iraq.

Rebels – who demand autonomy and education in the Kurdish language – stepped up their activities in mid-July, accusing the government of not responding to their demands.