Turkish police detain five over suicide bombing in southern Hatay province

Turkish police have detained five people over alleged links to a suicide bombing in the southern province of Hatay, Karar newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The suspects are accused of involvement in a suicide bombing in the city of Iskenderun on Monday, the Hatay Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office said.

There were no casualties except the bomber in Monday’s attack, which Turkish officials blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that has been at war for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for almost 40 years.

Two attackers tried to escape after security forces became suspicious at a control point in the town of Payas. One detonated the bomb while the second ran away, but was later “neutralised,’’ CNN Türk cited a security source as saying.

The Turkish government uses the term “neutralised’’ to mean enemy combatants killed or captured.

The suspects were detained in İstanbul, Şanlıurfa, Adıyaman and Diyarbakır provinces, Karar said.

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