: Reuters: Bomb attack on police vehicle in Turkey's Diyarbakir kills three

09:25 May. 11, 2016

Reuters: Bomb attack on police vehicle in Turkey's Diyarbakir kills three

A security officer works at the explosion site after a car bomb struck a bus carrying Turkish police officers in the mainly-Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, Tuesday, May 10, 2016 (AP Photo)

Members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group are reportedly involved

A car bomb killed three people and wounded 45 when it struck a police vehicle on Tuesday, May 10, in Diyarbakir, the main city in southeastern Turkey where security forces are trying to crush a Kurdish militant insurgency, the governor's office said.

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Explosives in the vehicle were detonated from a distance as an armored police van passed, wounding 12 police officers, the governor's office said. A Reuters witness heard a big explosion in the city center, followed by ambulance sirens. Black smoke rose over the site and debris was scattered along a wide avenue.

Five of the wounded were inmates being moved while under police custody, a security source said. A senior official said some of them were members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group being taken to hospital and that they may have been targeted for being suspected informants.

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The PKK has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state to push for Kurdish autonomy in the southeast. It is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara, the European Union and the United States. Full story  

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