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Rocket attack in Turkey’s Aegean region, no casualties

A Turkish gendarmerie station was targeted in a rocket attack by unknown militants

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A Turkish gendarmerie station was targeted in a rocket attack by unknown militants on Tuesday but there were no casualties, media reports said.

The station of the gendarmerie - a branch of the army which looks after internal security - came under fire in the Kemalpasa district just outside the major port city of Izmir on Turkey's Aegean coast.

The rocket slammed into a building next to the station but there were no reports of fatalities or injuries, the state-run Anatolia news agency said.

The attack comes with Turkey on high alert after a suicide car bombing last week in the centre of Ankara claimed by Kurdish militants which left 29 people dead.

Such rocket assaults are relatively common in Turkey's southeast, where the security forces have for decades battled Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels.

But they are almost unheard of in western Turkish regions such as Izmir, which is is also a key tourist hub.

The group that claimed the Ankara bombing, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), had also warned foreign tourists to stay away from Turkey.