Explosion in Turkey kills 11, Prime Minister holds Kurdish insurgents responsible
The car bomb explosion took place near the police headquarters in the town of Cizre, Turkey. Photograph: (AFP)
A car bomb explosion rocked a police headquarters in the town of Cizre in Turkey today, killing at least 11 people and wounding more than 70 people,Turkey's state-run news agency said, in the latest in a spate of attacks in the country's turbulent south-east.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged insurgency for Kurdish autonomy, was responsible for the attack in the province bordering Syria and Iraq.
The news agency further said the attack targeted a checkpoint some 50 meters away from a police station in the town of Cizre, in Sirnak province. It said the blast caused severe damage to the police station
News channel NTV showed large plumes of smoke billowing from the site which it said was a police checkpoint. Cizre is located in Sirnak, a province that borders both Syria and Iraq and has a largely Kurdish population.
Ambulances rushed to the scene and hospital sources said at 64 wounded, Reuters reported.
State-run Anadolu Agency blamed the attack on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has been involved in almost daily clashes in the region since last July, when a ceasefire between it and the government collapsed.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. More than 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, have died since the rebels took up arms in 1984.
On Thursday, interior minister Efkan Ala accused the group of attacking a convoy carrying the main opposition party leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu.
The government has blamed the PKK for a series of attacks this month in the southeast. The group has claimed responsibility for at least one attack, on a police station.
Labelled as nation's 'deadliest terror attack' this year, more than 50 people had died in southeastern Gaziantep town on Saturday following an attack on wedding party.
(WION with inputs from agencies)