• publish: 14 January 2016
  • time: 11:00 am
  • category: International
  • No: 2996

Explosion in Turkey kills five, wounding 39

Five people were killed and 39 wounded on Thursday in a car bomb attack by Kurdish militants on a police station and adjacent housing for officers in southeastern Turkey, the provincial governorate said.

Two people were killed in an initial car bomb attack by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the town of Cinar while three more lost their lives when a building collapsed due to the damage sustained, the governor’s office of Diyarbakir province said in a statement.

Images published by Turkish media showed the late night blast caused huge damage to the residential building used by the police officers and their families, with the entire outer wall blown out. Tolo News.

Both police and civilians were wounded but initial reports said all those killed were civilians.

The governor’s office said that 14 people were injured in the initial bomb blast while 25 were wounded by the collapse of the building, including five who had been rescued from the rubble by emergency teams.

The attackers also followed up the car bomb attack with rocket fire and long range gunfire, reports said. It was not clear if this caused any additional casualties.

Ten German tourists were killed on Tuesday in a suicide bombing in central Istanbul which the government blamed on Daesh group, an arch foe of the PKK.

But President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after the Istanbul attack that the government makes no differentiation between “terror” groups “whatever their name or abbreviation is”.

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