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Vehicle explodes near military facility in Istanbul, 5 wounded

The blast sent a cloud of black smoke up over the streets and CNN Turk said ambulances were rushing to the scene.

Istanbul759 The blast sent a cloud of black smoke up over the streets and CNN Turk said ambulances were rushing to the scene.

A vehicle exploded near a military facility in Turkey’s biggest city of Istanbul on Thursday, CNN Turk reported, the latest in a spate of bombings to hit the country this year.

At least five people were wounded in the explosion, broadcaster NTV said, which hit the Sancaktepe neighbourhood near a military airfield on the Asian side of the city, well removed from Istanbul’s historic heart.

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The blast sent a cloud of black smoke up over the streets and CNN Turk said ambulances were rushing to the scene.

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Turkey has been hit by a series of bombings this year, including two suicide bombings in tourist areas of Istanbul blamed on Islamic State and two car bombings in the capital, Ankara, which were claimed by a Kurdish militant group.

NATO member and EU candidate nation Turkey is a member of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and is also battling a militant insurgency in its largely Kurdish southeast.

First published on: 12-05-2016 at 20:04 IST
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