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IS suicide bomber targets Turkish police officers

Published 15/11/2015

Turkish police officers guard the main road leading to the resort area outside Antalya where the G20 summit is scheduled to take place (AP)
Turkish police officers guard the main road leading to the resort area outside Antalya where the G20 summit is scheduled to take place (AP)

A suicide bomber has opened fire on Turkish police and then blown himself up as they raided a suspected Islamic State (IS) militant hideout, injuring five officers.

The incident, which took place near the border with Syria, happened as G20 leaders were gathering for a summit in Antalya.

The suicide bomber died in the raid late on Saturday on the fifth-floor flat in Gaziantep city, a statement said the local governor's office said. Two women were detained while three children were being placed in protection.

Police seized explosive materials and several machine guns during the raid, the statement said.

The raid came hours after Turkish soldiers clashed with IS militants who fired at them near Gaziantep. Four militants were killed.

It was not clear if the two incidents were connected.

Meanwhile at least seven suspected militants were picked up in Ankara early on Sunday, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

G20 leaders are meeting near the Mediterranean city of Antalya, 400 miles west of Gaziantep for a summit overshadowed by the Paris attacks.

The war in Syria and extremist terrorism, including by IS, are already high on the G20 agenda but the Paris attacks that killed 129 people on Friday night have added new urgency to the talks.

IS has claimed responsibility for the latest Paris attacks and is blamed for two massive bombings in Turkey - one in the Syrian border town of Suruc and another in Ankara - that killed about 130 people in July and October.

Turkey has carried out sweeps against suspected IS militants in the weeks leading to the summit, detaining dozens of people, including 20 suspects arrested in and around Antalya.

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