Published on : Thursday, April 28, 2016
The incident took place near Bursa’s 14th century Grand Mosque, a historic symbol of the city that was the first capital of the Ottoman empire.
Security sources confirmed that the blast was a “suicide attack”, while Turkish media identified the bomber as a 25-year-old woman.
Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.
“A woman packed with a (bombing) mechanism believed to be a suicide bomber blew herself up. Seven citizens were injured according to initial findings,” said a statement from the local governor’s office.
But Turkey remains on high security alert after a series of deadly attacks since last summer blamed on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) extremist group and Kurdish rebels.
The powerful explosion smashed the windows of shops near the mosque, and television footage showing the injured being treated in ambulances.
Police sealed off the area for investigation.
Mehmet Muezzinoglu, the Turkish health minister, informed that 13 people had been injured, none of them critically.
Most of the injuries were wounds from broken glass and hearing problems following the strong explosion, he added.
Wednesday’s attack came just a day after the US embassy in Ankara issued a new security alert for Turkey.
“The US government continues to receive credible indications that terrorist groups are seeking opportunities to attack popular tourist destinations throughout Turkey,” the embassy posted on its website.
“The US embassy reminds US citizens that foreign tourists in Turkey have been singularly targeted by terrorist organisations, and advises its citizens to be mindful of the potential danger in crowded public areas and at popular tourist spots,” the post added.