Turkish media outlets reported that a mosque in the Syrian capital Ankara was bombed and killed on Monday, claiming that an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group detonated an explosive device at the mosque.
According to Turkish news agency Anadolu, the bomb detonated outside the building, and the mosque was subsequently damaged.
The incident took place at around 9:30 a.m. local time (8:30 p.m., GMT), the Anadrolu news agency said.
An official at the Turkish consulate in the United States told Anadollu that Turkey had received no reports of casualties in the incident.
The explosion was reported by the local media, and witnesses reported that people were rushing to help, and people inside the mosque could be heard shouting in Arabic.
There were no reports from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition monitoring group, and Turkish authorities have not yet confirmed the incident’s cause.
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is currently under increasing pressure from opposition activists to rein in its increasingly authoritarian tactics, including an attempted crackdown on the opposition media.
In a statement issued Monday, the party called on Turkish citizens to “join us in defending our nation’s unity.”
“The government should not have allowed this attack to happen,” the statement read.
“This is why we must defend our nation.”