'Suicide bomber' detonates explosives in Turkey as huge blast rocks city


Police, firefighters and medical teams have all been dispatched to the scene, but no statement has yet been given on casualty figures.


The moment of the explosion was captured on an eyewitness' mobile phone.


In the short video, a loud exchange of gunfire is heard before the witness peers out from inside the shop where they were hiding.


Suddenly, a huge orange fireball is seen further down the street.


Many other witnesses took to social media to report the blast.


One eyewitness said: "In Iskenderun Barbaros Neighbourhood, they shot everywhere with a machine gun right in front of our house. They also fired hand grenades. We are in a nightmare. Two bullets hit my house. The police also came with automatic weapons."


Unconfirmed reports say the suicide bomber was from the PKK, or the Kurdistan Workers' Party.


Hatay Province Governor Rahmi Dogan claimed on Twitter that two terrorists were approached by police after being spotted "behaving suspiciously," at which point one of them detonated their explosives.


In a statement, the governor tweeted: "One of the two terrorists suspected by our security units at the Payas checkpoint was neutralized as a result of the pursuit and an explosion occurred in the meantime.


"There was no loss of life. The operation continues. The public will be informed."


Below is a video from the scene.


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