12 wounded in bomb attack on Turkish police bus: reports

A bus carrying police officers still burning shortly after a bomb went off as the bus was passing by in Mersin in southern Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (DHA-Depo Photos via AP)
Updated 17 October 2017
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12 wounded in bomb attack on Turkish police bus: reports

ISTANBUL: A bomb attack targeting a police bus rocked the southern Turkish city of Mersin on the Mediterranean coast Tuesday, leaving at least 12 people wounded, local media reported.
Ambulances and fire engines were rushed to the scene, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Television footage showed plumes of white smoke rising above.
The initial wounded toll was cited by the private NTV broadcaster, citing sources from the local governor’s office.
It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. CNN-Turk channel said the bomb was detonated by remote-control.
Images of the vehicle published by the Dogan news agency showed a white bus with its windows blown out by the force of the blast, a fire burning still in the back of the vehicle and glass scattered on the roadside.
Turkey was hit in 2016 by a succession of attacks that left hundreds dead in the bloodiest year of terror strikes in its history.
The attacks were blamed on IS jihadists who had taken swathes of territory in neighboring Syria and Iraq as well as the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) who have battled the Turkish state in an insurgency lasting more than three decades.
An attack by a jihadist gunman on an elite nightclub in Istanbul just 75 minutes into New Year’s Day in 2017 left 39 people dead, mainly foreigners.
There has since been a lull in similar attacks, but tensions and security remain high in big cities. The PKK still carry out sporadic attacks against the armed forces in the southeast.
Mersin, a major port of around one million people, lies well to the west of the PKK’s main area of operation in the southeast.
The army has been combating the PKK in the Kurdish-majority southeast, in a relentless campaign to root out the group blacklisted by Turkey as well as its Western partners.


Walk or die: Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara

Updated 25 June 2018
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Walk or die: Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara

  • The expelled migrants can be seen coming over the horizon by the hundreds, appearing at first as specks in the distance under temperatures of up to 48 degrees Celsius
  • Algeria's mass expulsions have picked up since October 2017, as the European Union renewed pressure on North African countries to head off migrants going north to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea or the barrier fences with Spain

ASSAMAKA, Niger: Algeria has abandoned more than 13,000 migrants in the Sahara Desert over the past 14 months, expelling them without food or water and forcing them to walk for hours or even days.
They include pregnant women and children. The Associated Press interviewed over two dozen survivors of the deportations in Niger.
Nearly all said they saw fellow migrants collapse during the walk, where temperatures reach up to 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit). They never saw the missing migrants again.
The lucky make it within a few hours to the nearest village across borders in Niger and, more recently, Mali. But many wander for days.
Algeria denies mistreating the migrants.
But their accounts are confirmed by multiple videos collected by the AP showing hundreds of people stumbling into empty desert.