A female suicide bomber wounded eight people Apr. 27, 2016 at approximately 5:30 pm (2:30 pm Greenwich Mean Time) near the Grand Mosque (also known as Ulu Cami) in Bursa, Turkey.
“The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber. It is a woman, ” said a senior Turkish government official to Reuters news agency.
This bombing attack is the fifth suicide bombing Turkey has suffered in a major city in 2016.
Although it was originally reported by the Turkish minister of health that 13 people had been injured, Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davuto?lu, announced that there were only eight wounded
“This was an attack aimed at our nation, our people, our peace. Eight of our citizens were wounded. Thank God, no citizen was critically wounded,” said Davuto?lu via a state television broadcast from Ankara. He did not explain why the injury count was lowered.
Many of the wounded walked away from the attack dazed and with minor cuts from broken windows and debris. Some have already been discharged from the hospital.
“This attack will not give cause for Turkey to retreat in its determined stance in fighting terrorism,” continued Davuto?lu, who said that although Turkish forces were still investigating the attack, no militant had come forward to take responsibility.
Turkey, which is part of a coalition fighting against terrorism, is surrounded by Islamic State and Kurdish militant threats alike.
Two bombing attacks on Turkish cultural capital, Istanbul (also known as Constantinople and Byzantium), earlier in 2016 were claimed by the Islamic State and two in political capital, Ankara, were claimed by a Kurdish radical group.