Car bomb rocks Diyarbakir, Turkey blames PKK

Published November 4th, 2016 - 01:00 GMT
Rescue officials and people carry an injured man at the explosion site on November 4, 2016 after a strong blast in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)
Rescue officials and people carry an injured man at the explosion site on November 4, 2016 after a strong blast in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir. (AFP/Ilyas Akengin)

A car bomb has rocked the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, reportedly killing at least eight people and wounding more than 100 others.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told the media that a suspected member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) also died.

The attack came just hours after police detained politicians of the mostly Kurdish region’s biggest party, the HDP.

It happened near a police station, where some of them were believed to be held.

The explosion tore off the facades of buildings and firefighters were searching debris for people trapped.

The governor’s office in Diyarbakir says militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, are believed to be behind the attack.

Police raided the homes and detained the joint leaders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the second biggest opposition party in the national parliament, and nine other HDP lawmakers early on Friday – after they reportedly refused to give testimony for alleged crimes linked to “terrorist propaganda.”

President Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling AK Party accuse the HDP of links to the PKK, which is deemed a terrorist organisation by the US and the EU. The HDP denies any direct links.


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