Six people were killed, including four police officers and two civilians, and several others wounded when Kurdish rebels detonated a car bomb outside Turkey’s largest southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday.
The Turkish state-run media reported that the blast took place near a traffic police station in Diyarbakir. Ambulances were rushed to the scene thereafter. The area where the explosion hit is on a road between Diyarbakir and the district of Bismil, about 50 kilometres (31 miles) east, the security sources said.
Television footage showed a three-story building gutted by the explosion. Meanwhile, officials have blamed the attack on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Eight police officers were also among the wounded.
Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast has been hit by waves of violence since the collapse last year of a ceasefire between the state and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Monday’s attack came on the day the PKK marks the start of its armed campaign in 1984, with attacks on paramilitary police forces in the two southeastern towns of Eruh and Semdinli.
Since hostilities with the PKK resumed last year, more than 600 Turkish security personnel and thousands of PKK militants have been killed, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency. Human rights groups say hundreds of civilians have also died.
Turkey and its allies consider the PKK a terrorist organization.