Several hurt in car bomb attack targeting police in Turkey

Kurdish rebels detonated a car bomb at a police station in southeast Turkey on Monday, wounding several people.

Published: 15th August 2016 04:59 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th August 2016 05:09 PM   |  A+A-


ANKARA, Turkey: Kurdish rebels detonated a car bomb at a police station in southeast Turkey on Monday, wounding several people, state-run media reports said.

The attack targeted a traffic-police station on a highway linking the city of Diyarbakir and the town of Batman, the Anadolu Agency reported. The agency said the explosion tore a large crater on the highway while television footage showed a three-story building that appeared to have been gutted by the blast.

A senior official blamed the attack on the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. He said several individuals were killed or wounded, but did not provide further details. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations.

Clashes between the PKK and Turkey's security forces resumed last year after a tenuous cease-fire collapsed. The PKK has frequently targeted police or military with roadside explosives or car bombs.

Last week, a wave of PKK attacks targeting Turkish police and soldiers in the mainly Kurdish southeast region, including Diyarbakir, killed at least 12 people. PKK commander Cemil Bayik had threatened increased attacks on police last week, in comments carried by Kurdish and Turkish media.

Since hostilities with the PKK resumed last year, more than 600 Turkish security personnel and thousands of PKK militants have been killed, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency. Human rights groups say hundreds of civilians have also died.

Turkey and its allies consider the PKK a terrorist organization.


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