Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:38am IST
Turkey bombing in Bursa: Female suicide bomber attacks near city’s Grand Mosque
At least one person was believed to be dead and 13 injured in the blast
A female suicide bomber has blown herself up outside a historical mosque in Turkey, injuring at least 13 people.
Footage showed people fleeing an explosion near the Grand Mosque of Bursa on Wednesday afternoon.
Police cordoned off the blast site by an entrance to the mosque, with extensive damage to nearby shops and cafes visible.
Initially seven people were believed to have been injured in the blast, however the Turkish Health Minister says this figure has risen to 13.
A spokesperson for the Governor of Bursa’s office said a female suicide bomber died in the attack outside the mosque’s western gate.
“According to the latest information, seven injured citizens have been taken to nearest health institutions has been received,” a statement said.
“Our law enforcement agencies continue their investigations into the incident.”
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, which comes after a spate of attacks by Isis and Kurdish rebels in Turkey.
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The Grand Mosque, or Ulu Cami, is considered a landmark of early Ottomoan architecture and sits in the centre of Bursa’s old city, surrounded by shops and cafes.
American officials had issued a warning over “credible indications” of terrorist threats at tourist attractions in Turkey on Tuesday.
In a warning posted on its website, the US Embassy said Washington continued to receive reports that terrorist groups “are seeking opportunities to attack popular tourist destinations throughout Turkey”.
It urged American citizens to be vigilant in “crowded public areas and popular tourist destinations”.
The British Government’s travel advice warns of the possibility of “indiscriminate” attacks by Kurdish separatists and Isis, as well as a heightened threat against UK interests globally.