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Riyadh, Ankara- “Saudi Arabia strongly condemns the terrorist bombing which took place in Turkey’s southeastern city of Gaziantep, that killed and wounded a number of people,” said an official from Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The source offered the Kingdom’s condolences to the families of the victims as well as the government and people of Turkey, wishing a speedy recovery to the wounded.

The official source also reaffirmed the Kingdom’s solidarity with Turkey.

Moreover, an official source at the Saudi Foreign Ministry expressed the Kingdom’s denunciation of the bombing that targeted a funeral in the Iraq capital of Baghdad causing tens of casualties.

The source reiterated Saudi Arabia’s rejection of all forms and manifestations of terrorism, offering condolences to the families of the victims and Iraq’s government and people, with wishes of a speedy recovery for the injured.

Three police officers have been killed and at least eight were injured, including four Syrian nationals in the explosion in Gaziantep during a police raid on a suspected ISIS safehouse.

Police pursued a vehicle believed to be carrying explosives to the house, where a group of Syrian nationals were thought to be sheltering, before raiding it, security sources said.

For his part, Gaziantep Governor Ali Yerlikaya said that security forces in the city received information on a possible suicide bomb attack on the Alawite Cultural Center in the city.

“Security forces located the ISIS safehouse while they were investigating this tip,” he said.

In a common matter, Turkish police detained 25 suspects over an explosion in the Mediterranean province of Antalya, police sources said on Saturday.

Police organized simultaneous operations throughout Turkey, including in the capital Ankara as well as Istanbul, to detain the suspects.

The 25 suspects were detained on the grounds that they were carrying out militia and terror activities.

Turkey has seen a spate of suicide bombings by militants suspected of links to ISIS. A suicide bomb killed more than 50 people, many of them children, at a Kurdish wedding in Gaziantep in August.