26 Aug 2016

Deadly blast kills police in Turkey

9:02 pm on 26 August 2016

A car bomb has exploded outside riot police headquarters in the Turkish town of Cizre killing eight policemen and injuring 70.

Turkish police and firefighters parked near the damaged police headquarters in Cizre.

Turkish police and firefighters parked near the damaged police headquarters in Cizre. Photo: AFP

It's the latest in a spate of attacks in the turbulent south-east of the country.

News channel NTV showed large plumes of smoke billowing from the site which it said was a police checkpoint. Cizre is located in Sirnak, a province that borders both Syria and Iraq and has a largely Kurdish population.

State-run Anadolu Agency blamed the attack on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has been involved in almost daily clashes in the region since last July, when a ceasefire between it and the government collapsed.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. More than 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, have died since the rebels took up arms in 1984.

On Thursday Interior Minister Efkan Ala accused the group of attacking a convoy carrying the main opposition party leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu.

The government has blamed the PKK for a series of attacks this month in the southeast. The group has claimed responsibility for at least one attack, on a police station.

- Reuters / BBC

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