Assailants said to fire rockets near Turkish resort

No one hurt in reported attack near Antalya; attackers may have been targeting fuel tanker

The Antalya coastline in Turkey (CC-BY SA Wikipedia)
The Antalya coastline in Turkey (CC-BY SA Wikipedia)

ANKARA, Turkey — Assailants on Friday fired at least two rockets near the Mediterranean resort of Antalya, striking a depot used by a fishing company, news reports said. No one was hurt in the attack.

Dogan news agency said the rockets were fired from a mountainous area near a highway linking Antalya and the town of Kemer. The target of the attack may have been tanker truck carrying fuel, the agency said.

Several ambulances and fire-fighting trucks were sent to the scene, some 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Antalya, Dogan reported.

The motive of the attack in an area that is a major tourist destination was not known.

The Antalya governor’s office confirmed that an explosion had occurred in the area and said an investigation was launched.

Turkey has been rocked by a spate of deadly attacks by Islamic State group militants or Kurdish rebels.

The country is still reeling from a failed military coup in July, blamed on the followers of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Earlier reports said the target may have been a tanker ship moored at sea.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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