Explosions and gunfire at Turkish town during anti-IS siege

Explosions and gunfire at Turkish town during anti-IS siege
Suicide bombers have detonated bomb belts in Turkey's border city of Gaziantep, just hours after Ankara-backed Syrian rebels captured Dabiq from IS.
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16 October, 2016
Gaziantep has been a target of IS militant bombings and assasinations [AFP]
Suicide bombers blew themselves up in the Turkish city of Gaziantep near the Syrian border on Sunday, causing an unknown number of casualties.

It comes after police raided their sleeper cell, state media reported, while Turkish-backed rebels have captured the Syrian town of Dabiq from the militants.

The bombers detonated their explosives when they saw they were likely to be captured during an operation by Turkish security forces in the southeastern city, Anadolu news agency reported.

Media reports spoke of casualties without providing precise numbers.

Witnesses told the private NTV television they heard the sounds of gunfire and clashes in the area, mostly populated by university students with ambulances dispatched to the scene.

It was not immediately clear which group the sleeper cell raided by Turkish security forces belonged to.

Turkey is reeling from a string of attacks blamed on Islamic State group and Kurdish militants.

Fifty-seven people, 34 of them children, were killed in August in a suicide attack carried out by a bomber linked to IS militants at a Kurdish wedding in Gaziantep.

The latest attack comes shortly after Turkey-backed opposition fighters captured the northern Syrian town of Dabiq from the IS militant group.