Suspect in Turkey car-bombing reported dead after shootout

Friday, November 25, 2016

ANKARA, Turkey -- A car-bomb attack targeting a government building in southern Turkey killed at least two people and wounded 33 on Thursday, senior cabinet officials said.

A suspect later was reported dead after a shootout with security forces.

Minister of European Union Affairs Omer Celik said police opened fire on a light utility vehicle believed to be carrying the person responsible for the attack in the city of Adana when the driver refused to stop.

"Ultimately, those who committed this heinous act will not get away with it," Celik said.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported Thursday night police removed the suspect's body from the vehicle before dispatching a remote-controlled bomb disposal robot to defuse explosives still in the vehicle.

The bombing outside the office of the governor of Adana province was the latest in a string of deadly attacks that have rocked Turkey for more than a year. The attacks have been carried out by Kurdish militants or the Islamic State group.

There was no claim of responsibility for Thursday's attack.

The car bomb was detonated remotely at the entrance to the Adana governor's office, and the governor was the likely target, Celik said.

The governor, Mahmut Demirtas, said earlier the attack was believed to have been carried out by a woman.

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