Suicide bomber blows herself up in Turkey northwestern city of Bursa

Sunday 24/04/2016
Nobody has yet claimed responsibility

ANKARA - A female suicide bomber blew herself up in the Turkish city of Bursa on Wednesday, wounding at least 10 people in the latest attack to strike the country, local media reported.

The bombing took place near Bursa's 14th century Grand Mosque, a historic symbol of the northwestern city, the private CNN-Turk television reported.

Security sources confirmed that the blast was a "suicide attack", while Turkish media identified the bomber as a 25-year-old woman.

The powerful explosion smashed windows in shops near the mosque, and television footage showing the injured being treated in ambulances.

Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.

Turkey remains on high security alert after a series of deadly attacks since last summer blamed on the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group and Kurdish rebels.

Ankara launched an offensive against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) after the collapse in 2015 of a two-year ceasefire in a renewed conflict that has left many dead in the mainly Kurdish southeast of the country.

The conflict has also struck the heart of the country, with two attacks that killed dozens of people in the capital Ankara in February and March that were claimed by Kurdish rebels.