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Militant reportedly BLOWS UP at checkpoint in Turkish city near Syrian border (VIDEO)

One militant has been killed in a suicide bomb explosion in Iskenderun, and another is being hunted by Turkish security forces, said the authorities of Hatay province, just across the border from Syria.

Video posted on social media show gunfire that preceded the explosion on what looks like an urban street in Iskenderun, which the Turkish media identified as Fanar Street in the city’s merchant district.

“Two militants were spotted at a checkpoint in Payas district. One of them blew himself up after clashing with police,” Hatay Governor Rahmi Dogan said in a statement on Monday evening. “The operation to capture the other terrorist is underway.”

Payas is a town just north of Iskenderun. The militants presumably ran the checkpoint and drove into the city, with police in hot pursuit. 

Photos from the site show extensive damage to cars and storefronts.

No civilians were hurt in the incident, Dogan said. 

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