Ankara: At least eight persons were killed and more than 100 others injured on Friday in a car bomb attack in Turkey’s Diyarbakir province, media reported.

Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) militants set off the car bomb outside the Counter-Terror and Riot Police Branch in Baglar district of Diyarbakir, Xinhua news agency reported.

Vehicles and buildings around the blast site were damaged, it added.

Clashes erupted between police and PKK militants following the blast, it said.

Over 650 members of Turkish security forces and thousands of PKK members have been killed in confrontations inside Turkey and in northern Iraq since July 2015, while Turkish forces have killed over 7,000 PKK militants, according to figures compiled by local media.

More than 40,000 people have lost their lives in clashes with the PKK since 1984, when the group first started anti-government attacks.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by the US, the European Union and Turkey.

 

First Published | 4 November 2016 5:29 PM
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