Female suicide bomber detained in south-east Turkey

ISTANBUL (dpa)- Turkish authorities on Thursday said they detained a suspected female suicide bomber in the south-eastern city of Sanliurfa before she could detonate the explosives on a central avenue.
Police were able to safely defuse the bomb, state news agency Anadolu reported, adding the woman initially panicked and tried to run away after she realized she was being tracked.

The woman, whose nationality and name were not immediately known, was captured on Hasimiye Square in the city centre, carrying a bomb in a plastic bag, the report added.
The street was reopened after the bomb disposal unit left the area, some 80 kilometres from the border with Syria.
Turkey was hit by a series of deadly bomb attacks between 2015 and 2017, blamed on outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Islamic State.
On Thursday, a trial continued in Istanbul of 58 defendants over their alleged involvement in a 2017 shooting at a nightclub in Istanbul that killed 39 people, according to Anadolu.

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