Turkey, attack on a bus in Bursa

One dead and 4 injured in an terror attack on a bus in Turkey

A bomb exploded in the Turkish city of Bursa as a bus carrying prison guards passed by. The author of the attack is still unknown.

One person was killed and four others were injured in an terror attack this morning on a bus carrying guards from a prison to their workplace in the city of Bursa, Northwestern Turkey.

The bus was transporting prison officials when an explosion occurred around 7:30 in the morning while the vehicle was driving through a residential area in the Osmangazi district, in the heart of the city. As Bursa Governor Yakup Canbolat told media, the explosive used was “probably homemade” and caused the death of one of the guards, as well as wounding four others, one of whom is in critical condition.

Canbolat added that the device exploded when the bus was near a metro station in the city, and that everything indicates that it was placed on the side of the road and activated by remote control as the bus passed. The driver of the vehicle, which was seriously injured, managed to stop the bus about a hundred metres away after the explosion, which caused all the windows to smash.

Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ travelled to the scene of the incident to learn first-hand what happened, according to Turkish press. “We are currently carrying out the necessary tasks to determine who the perpetrators of the terrorist attack were. We hope that those who have perpetrated this attack will be caught soon,” Soylu said.

The attack coincides with the offensive of the Turkish army against the PKK

In recent years, Turkey has inflicted heavy blows on terrorist groups such as Daesh or the PKK, which have greatly reduced their operational capacity, to the point that attacks in large cities have become a thing of the past. Today’s attack, using a methodology that points to PKK authorship, coincides precisely with the launch of a major offensive by the Turkish army against targets of the armed group in northern Iraq.

Bursa, located about 150 kilometres south of Istanbul, is the fourth most populous city in Turkey; however, aside from the bus bombing this morning, the city has not known of a major terrorist attack since a suicide bomber from a PKK-linked group blew himself up next to the city’s Grand Mosque (Ulu Camii) 6 years ago, without causing casualties.