Missiles hit popular Turkish holiday resort Antalya

No casualties have been reported following the incident

Alexandra Sims
Friday 14 October 2016 10:03
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Rockets fired in Turkey's Antalya hitting a fishing company's shop

Rockets have been fired in the southern Turkish resort of Antalya, local media has said.

No casualties have been reported following the incident, according to Turkish news agency Dogan.

The agency said two missiles were fired from a mountainous area at the highway between the city of Antalya and the resort town of Kemer at around 10:30am on Friday, hitting a fishing company's shop.

Hurriyet newspaper said three rockets had been fired, and suggested the intended target of the attack may have been a tanker truck carrying fuel, not far from the shop.

Ambulance services and special forces police were sent to the scene, some 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Antalya, Dogan reported.

The motive of the attack remains unknown.

Authorities in Antalya released a statement saying: "This morning at 10:20am, an explosion occurred in the town of Antalya, Turkey at Çalticak Fishing Shelter. The cause of the explosion is being investigated."

The statement published by the Hurriyet said no loss of life or injury had occurred.

The Antalya province neighbours the popular tourist resorts of Marmaris and Bodrum, and is north of Cyprus. It is known as the gateway to the country's southern Mediterranean region - the Turquoise coast.

Turkey has been the target of a string of attacks by both Isis and Kurdish separatists in recent months.

Islamists have attacked tourists and protestsers in Istanbul and Ankara, as well as launching suicide bombings in areas near the Syrian border.

Kurdish militant groups have more frequently targeted police and the Turkish armed forces, who are currently carrying out operations against the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the south-east as a three-decade insurgency continues.

Another group, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) have also claimed responsibility for attacks including a car bombing that killed 37 people in Ankara in March.

Additional reporting by agencies

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