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Blast hits bus carrying Turkish soldiers, some believed killed – sources

GAZIANTEP, Turkey A bus transporting off-duty soldiers and civilians was hit by an explosion near a university in the central Turkish city of Kayseri on Saturday, killing and wounding an unknown number of people, security sources and local media said.

Ambulances were sent to the area after the explosion, the sources said.

There were dead and wounded from the blast, local hospital sources confirmed, but they were not able to immediately confirm the numbers involved.

The blast occurred as the bus passed by a car believed to be packed with explosives, Turkey’s Dogan news agency said.

It happened near a bus stop at the campus of Erciyes University in Kayseri, broadcaster NTV reported.

On Dec. 10 a twin bombing claimed by Kurdish militants outside an Istanbul soccer stadium killed more than 40 people and wounded more than 100.

Turkey faces multiple security threats including spillover from the fight against Islamic State in northern Syria, where it is a member of a U.S.-led coalition against the militant group.

It also faces regular attacks from Kurdish militants, who have been waging a three-decade insurgency for autonomy in largely Kurdish southeast Turkey.

(Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu and David Dolan; editing by Paul Tait and Jason Neely)

-Reuters