Five People Killed as Attackers Target Police Station in Southeastern Turkey

Southeast Europe | January 14, 2016, Thursday // 08:52|  views

A Kurdish protester throws a rock a security vehicles as clashes erupt during a protest against the Turkish Government`s ongoing security operations in the east of Turkey, in Diyarbakir, Turkey, 22 December 2015. Photo: EPA

Five people were killed and 39 other were injured after an attack targeted a district police department in the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir late on Wednesday.

According to officials, the attack was carried out by militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The attackers first detonated a car laden with explosives and then opened fire with rocket launchers and long-barreled weapons.

Four civilians, including a baby, were among the casualties, while six police officers were among the injured, Daily Sabah informs.

The fight between Turkish security forces and PKK has intensified since the summer of last year after the ceasefire between them came to an end.

This is the second major act of violence in Turkey this week after a suicide attack carried out by a suspected Islamic State (IS) member in Sultanahmet square in central Istanbul claimed the lives of eleven people and left fifteen other injured on Tuesday.

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Tags: turkey, Diyarbakir, Istanbul, Sultanahmet square, attack, PKK, IS


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