Car bomb, gunmen at Turkish police station kills five

Published January 14th, 2016 - 07:38 GMT

A car bomb explosion followed by a shootout in front of a police headquarters in Diyarbakir province in southeast Turkey has left five people dead and at least 36 injured.

Local media reported the deaths, which included that of a baby, occured when a nearby police accommodation building collapsed in the blast.

The attackers apparently fired rockets following the explosion.

A government source says the attackers were Kurdish PKK fighters but that has not been confirmed. No one has claimed responsibility.

Turkey has been on high alert since Tuesday’s suicide bombing in Istanbul which left 12 people dead, mostly German tourists. That attack has been blamed on Deash militants by the Turkish government.

Counterterror operations have been intensified following recent attacks – some said to be by Daesh, others by the PKK.

Formed in 1978, the PKK has been fighting the Turkish government for an independent state until the early 2000’s. The group then shifted its goal to autonomy in predominately Kurdish inhabited regions of Turkey.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material


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