Turkish media report explosion in town near Syrian border

Turkey’s state-run news agency says there has been an explosion in a town near the border with Syria but there is no immediate information on possible casualties or damage.

Anadolu Agency says the explosion occurred in the town of Iskenderun, in Hatay province. Haberturk television quotes the region’s governor as saying it was a terrorist attack and one out of two “terrorists” involved was killed in an ongoing security operation.

Police, fire service rescuers and medical teams have been dispatched to the area, Anadolu reports.

The explosion comes days after the US Embassy in Turkey issued a security alert, saying it received reports of a possible attack on Americans and other foreigners, and urged American citizens to exercise caution.

The Islamic State terror group and an outlawed Kurdish militant group conducted deadly attacks on Turkish soil between 2015 and 2017.

— Agencies

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