Thursday 8 December 2016

Turkey car-bombing blamed on Kurdish militants

Published 12/09/2016 | 10:16

A security member stands after a car bomb attack in the city centre of Van, eastern Turkey (AP)
A security member stands after a car bomb attack in the city centre of Van, eastern Turkey (AP)

Turkish authorities have accused Kurdish militants of detonating a car bomb that wounded 50 people in the eastern city of Van.

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Van Governor Ibrahim Tasyapan told state-run Anadolu news agency that 46 civilians and four police officers were wounded in the Monday attack at a police point in front of the ruling party municipal headquarters.

Mr Tasyapan said two of the wounded are in serious condition, but he did not specify if they are officers or civilians.

An earlier statement by the governor's office alleged that the bombers are affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

Hundreds of people have been killed and injured in Turkey in recent months in attacks the government says were carried out by Kurdish militants or the Islamic State group.

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