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Suicide Car Bombing Wounds 9 Police in Turkey


Turkish media reports say a suicide car bomber in the southern part of the country Tuesday killed himself and wounded at least nine police officers.

Officials and media reports from CNN-Turk television say the bomber detonated explosives after police stopped his vehicle at a checkpoint outside the port city of Mersin, on Turkey's Mediterranean coast.

Some reports had said earlier that another suspect in the vehicle also was killed.

According to reports, police had been following the vehicle after receiving intelligence that said a bomber was preparing for an attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Islamist extremists, Kurdish separatists and leftist militants have all carried out attacks in Turkey in the past.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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