Explosion hits Diyabakir in SE Turkey, 9 killed, scores injured
Date: 2016-11-04 09:49
A car bomb targeted on Friday a police station in Diyarbakir governorate in southeastern Turkey, killing nine people and injuring scores, Turkish media said.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirm said that there eight killed including two police officers, while one terrorist was killed.
Earlier on Friday, Turkish media declared that 1 civilian was killed in addition to at least 30 others wounded, but the death toll and the number of injuries started to increase later in the day.
The prime minister added that 100 people were injured, while 93 of them were discharged from hospitals, according to Anadolu Agency (AA). The agency added, citing police sources, that one civilian died of his wounds.
The attack was carried out by the Kurdish PKK, said Diyarbakir provincial governor’s office, according to AA.
The car bomb attack took place Friday morning at 07:53 am (0453 GMT) in Baglar district, which is densely populated.
Several cars and building were damaged because of the explosion, while ambulances and fire engines rushed to the attack site. A broadcast ban was imposed by the government after the attack, said AA.
The attack took place after 11 lawmakers from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) were arrested, earlier on Friday, including the party’s two co-leaders Figen Yuksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas and parliamentary group leader Idris Baluken.
Turkish government has accused the HDP of links to the PKK terrorist group. The HDP leaders were arrested for failing to answer a summons to testify as part of a counter-terrorism investigation, AA cited security source as saying. The deputies face prosecution under anti-terrorism laws after their parliamentary immunity was lifted earlier this year, along with other lawmakers from Turkey’s main political parties.