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1 killed, 18 wounded in Turkey suicide bombing

From Yesim Comert, CNN
updated 11:13 AM EDT, Fri May 25, 2012
File photo of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said one person was killed in the bombing.
File photo of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who said one person was killed in the bombing.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • One policeman was killed and several others were hurt
  • It appears that two suicide bombers were in the car, interior minister says
  • He says officials are trying to determine the intended target

Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) -- A suicide bombing in central Turkey on Friday morning left one person dead -- not including two suicide bombers killed by the blast -- and 18 people wounded, the country's prime minister and interior minister said.

The attack happened in front of the local police station in Pinarbasi, a town in Kayseri province, about 170 miles southeast of Ankara.

Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin had said two people were killed, but Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan later said only one was killed. The Anatolian news agency said Sahin told reporters that one of the wounded initially lost signs of life but then showed reflexes during efforts to resuscitate him, and that the man is now in serious condition.

The man killed was a policeman, Sahin said. Among the wounded were policemen and policemen's children, he added.

Sahin said it appears that two suicide bombers were in the car, which had earlier escaped a police roadblock in the southern district of Koksun. The attack left the car in pieces and killed both bombers, he said.

"We evaluate that its target was not the Pinarbasi police department," Sahin said. "However, our colleagues are working on where its final target could have been. It is a saddening incident."

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