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Videos: Turkey hit by explosion in suspected suicide bomb terror attack

Turkish police forces in Diyarbakır, Turkey. (Mahmut Bozarslan, Wikimedia Commons/Released)
October 26, 2020

The southern Turkish province of Hatay was rocked by an explosion on Monday in what officials have described as a suspected terror attack.

Video posted to Twitter on Monday purported to show the moments leading up to the explosion. One Twitter account tweeted, “Breaking: this is allegedly footage of a terrorist attack in #iskenderun, Turkey. The terrorist clashed with the police before he detonated a suicide vest bomb.”

In the video, several pops can be heard before a bomb blast can be seen on the sidewalk of a city street.

Anadolu Agency, a state-run Turkish news outlet, also shared video of the aftermath of the bomb blast. The news agency, in a translated tweet, said, “An explosion occurred in the district center of Iskenderun in Hatay, the cause of which has not yet been determined.”

Rahmi Doğan, the goveror of the Hatay province, in a translated tweet, said, “As a result of the pursuit of one of the 2 terrorists suspected by our security units at the Payas checkpoint, Iskenderun was also neutralized and an explosion occurred during this time. There is no loss of life, the operation continues. the public will be informed.”

Anadolu Agency reported ambulances and police squads were dispatched in response to the incident.

The Associated Press reported Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the second suspect has since been “neutralized.” The AP reported Doğan identified the attackers as members of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, or potentially its sister organization in Syria.

One of the attackers reportedly died after setting off an explosion, which authorities said was caused by a hand grenade. The second suspect was killed by security forces.

The incident comes three days after the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory on Friday, Oct. 23, about “credible reports of potential terrorist attacks” targeting US citizens in the Turkish capital of Istanbul and other locations.

Travel – State Dept. tweeted, “#Turkey: US Mission Turkey received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against US citizens and foreign nationals in Istanbul and potentially other locations. Exercise heightened caution where Americans or foreigners may gather.”