Turkey: Explosion near military facility in Istanbul

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An explosion occurred Thursday close to a military barracks in Istanbul, leaving at least five people wounded, initial reports said, as Turkey was on high alert for attacks.

The blast, which came from inside a car, occurred in Sancaktepe district on the Asian side of Istanbul.

The explosion took place when a military service vehicle was passing the area but initial reports said none of the personnel inside were wounded.

Television pictures showed the vehicle where the explosion took place was almost completely destroyed, with yellow flames rising from the debris.

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