Car bomb blast in Turkey’s Diyarbakir kills three, injures 22

  • AFP, Istanbul
  • Updated: May 10, 2016 21:18 IST
Security and forensic officers work at the explosion site after a car bomb struck a bus in Diyarbakir, Turkey. (AP Photo)

Three people, including police, were killed and 22 others wounded when a car bomb attack blamed on Kurdish militants struck a police vehicle in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, reports said.

The vehicle was carrying detainees accused of “terror” crimes when the car bomb exploded in the centre of Diyarbakir, the state-run-Anatolia news agency reported, blaming the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) for the attack.

Diyarbakir and its region have in recent months been hit by repeated attacks by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as the military presses a relentless offensive against the Kurdish militants.

Earlier, two police had been killed in a bomb attack blamed on the PKK in a district of the southeastern city of Van to the east which had so far been spared the worst of the fighting.

Seven Turkish police officers were killed and at least 27 people wounded in late March in a bomb attack on their vehicle in Diyarbakir.

The PKK first took up arms in 1984 demanding a homeland for Turkey’s biggest minority, later paring back its demands to focus on cultural rights and a measure of autonomy.

Over 40,000 people have been killed in the insurgency.

The new upsurge of violence between the security forces and Kurdish militants erupted in July 2015, shattering a two-and-a-half year truce.

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