Thursday 19 October 2017

Explosion at Turkey police station was 'terror attack'

Firefighters and rescue workers at the site after an explosion in Diyarbakir, Turkey (AP)
Firefighters and rescue workers at the site after an explosion in Diyarbakir, Turkey (AP)

An explosion that hit a police station in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir, killing three people, was the result of a "terror attack", Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

The blast happened on Tuesday inside a workshop in the mainly Kurdish city, where a police armoured vehicle was being repaired.

Mr Soylu had initially said the explosion appeared to be accidental.

On Wednesday, however, he said investigators had concluded that it was an attack by assailants who had dug tunnels and placed explosives beneath the vehicle repair facility, which is an annex to the city's main police headquarters.

The minister told Haber Turk news channel: "Last night, it became clear that it was a terror attack."

He did not say who was suspected of being responsible.

Kurdish rebels, engaged in a renewed battle against the government forces, have previously targeted police in the region.

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