ISIS militant blows himself up, injuring four police in southern Turkey: Reports

Syrians carry their belongings as they cross back into Syria at the Syrian border crossing of Bab al-Hawa on the Syrian-Turkish border.
Syrians carry their belongings as they cross back into Syria at the Syrian border crossing of Bab al-Hawa on the Syrian-Turkish border.PHOTO: REUTERS

ANKARA (AFP) - A suspected Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant blew himself up in southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian border, during a police raid late Saturday (Nov 14), injuring four officers, one seriously, media reports said.

The militant activated explosives attached to his body when police raided an apartment building in the town of Gaziantep, the Dogan news agency said.

The raid was conducted as part of the investigation into a double suicide bombing on October 10 in Ankara that killed 102 activists assembling for a peace rally, Dogan said.

The latest attack comes as world leaders gathered in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya, 300km to the west, for a G20 summit where the fight against terrorism will be a major discussion point, following this weekend's Paris attacks.

On Saturday, four suspected ISIS militants travelling by car were shot dead by the army when they approached a military checkpoint in Gaziantep.

Also on Saturday, the police arrested seven suspected IS members in Ankara, state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

The same day, ISIS claimed responsibility for the gun and suicide attacks that killed 129 people across Paris late Friday.