Turkey: 7 police killed by car bomb


Seven police officers have been killed in a car bombing in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir.

A statement from the police and the local governor’s office said 27 people had also been wounded in the explosion near a bus terminal.

The bomb detonated as a special forces’ armoured bus passed through the mainly Kurdish city, according to state-run media.

It damaged cars and shattered almost all the windows of a nearby high-rise.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is scheduled to visit the southeastern city on Friday – where some neighbourhoods are under a curfew.

The city has suffered renewed violence since a ceasefire between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the government collapsed last July.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan – in Washington for a nuclear security summit – said: “This (attack) shows terrorism’s ugly face again. The determination of our security forces will, God willing, put an end to terrorism.”

A PKK offshoot has claimed two car bomb attacks this year in the capital Ankara – including one on a military bus that killed 29.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility following the Diyarbakir blast.

It is the second major attack Turkey has suffered in a fortnight after an apparent Islamic State suicide bomber killed four foreigners in Istanbul.

Source: Sky News

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