Turkish school by Syrian border hit by mortar bombs

Published January 18th, 2016 - 10:52 GMT

At least four people were injured in an explosion at a school in southern Turkey on Monday, a local hospital source said.

The blast occurred at Eyup Gokceimam Middle School in Kilis, a city close to the Syrian border, at around 9.30 a.m. local time (0730GMT).

One of the injured is in a critical condition. There was no official word on whether children were among the wounded.

Local media reported the school, which teaches ten- to 14-year-olds, had been struck by mortar bombs but there was no immediate official confirmation. An Anadolu Agency video showed blood stains in the school’s entrance hall and a small crater in the school’s garden.

The force of the blast seems to have splintered the trunk of a tree and severely damaged a vehicle.

The wounded were taken to Kilis State Hospital for treatment and ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

Kilis lies just across the border from Syrian territory controlled by Daesh.

Last week, Turkey was hit by a suicide bomber who killed ten tourists in Istanbul as well as a car bomb detonated outside a police station in Diyarbakir province, which killed six. The latter was carried out by PKK  while the Istanbul attack has been blamed on Daesh.

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