Kurdish militants reportedly claim car bomb attack in Turkish southeast

A car bomb in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir killed 11 people and wounded at least 100 on Friday.

By: Reuters | Ankara | Published:November 6, 2016 4:52 pm
People walk past buildings damaged by Friday's car bomb in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. The SITE Intelligence Group reports that the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack in Diyarbakir, Turkey, that left several people dead. Turkish authorities have banned distribution of images relating to the Diyarbakir explosion within Turkey. (AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan) People walk past buildings damaged by Friday’s car bomb in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan)

The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group, claimed responsibility for a car bomb on Friday in Turkey’s southeast, according to reports on a news website close to the group.

A car bomb in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir killed 11 people and wounded at least 100 on Friday, hours after Turkish authorities detained the leaders and lawmaker of the main pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), whom the government accuses of links to the PKK.

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The ANF news agency reported the Kurdish militant group TAK had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Officials blamed the autonomy-seeking PKK, citing radio intercepts, although Islamic State also claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the group’s Amaq news agency. Kurdish militants, Islamic State radicals and far leftists have all staged attacks on civilians in Turkey in recent years.