Turkey: Police, civilians killed in car bomb blast

    Turkey: Police, civilians killed in car bomb blast

    Aug.15, Ankara: At least four policemen and three civilians, including a child, have been killed in a car bomb attack outside a police station near Turkey's southeastern city of Diyarbakir, state media reported.

    The media reported that at least 21 people, including six police officers, were also wounded in the blast on Monday near a police control post on a highway leading southeast from Diyarbakir to the city of Batman.

    Earlier, the local governor's office had said in a statement that 25 people, including eight police officers, had suffered injuries. Local officials blamed the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels for the attack, according to the AFP news agency.

    At least eight people, mostly civilians, were killed last week in two separate attacks blamed on the PKK in the southeast of the country, which has seen some of the most intense fighting in decades after a ceasefire between the Turkish state and the PKK collapsed in July 2015.

    Thousands of PKK fighters, security force members and civilians have since been killed in fighting across the region.

    PKK, designated a "terrorist" group by Turkey, the EU and the US, took up arms against the Turkish state in 1984. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict, AL Jazeera reported.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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