Many wounded in car bombing of Turkish police vehicle in southeast: Sources

Reuters , Monday 1 Aug 2016

Many wounded in car bombing of Turkish police vehicle in southeast
(File Photo)Police forensic experts examine the scene following a car bomb attack on a police vehicle in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey May 10, 2016.Photo:Reuters

A car laden with explosives slammed into a vehicle carrying police in southeastern Turkey on Monday, wounding many officers, in an attack that appeared to have been carried out by Kurdish militants, security sources said.

Members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) carried out the attack, which struck at 5:45 p.m. (1445 GMT) in Bingol province, the sources said.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and European Union, has waged an armed campaign against security forces in the mainly Kurdish southeast since 1984, pushing for Kurdish autonomy. More than 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, have died in the violence.

Unrest has flared anew since a ceasefire collapsed in July 2015, and thousands of militants and hundreds of soldiers and police have since died. Rights groups have said about 400 civilians have also perished.

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