Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FACE-OFF

After Brexit, is a Frexit possible?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Vodafone warns it could move HQ out of UK

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French people against a 'Frexit' referendum

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Turkish Airport Blasts

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

France slammed for support of ex-Chad dictator Hissene Habre

Read more

THE DEBATE

The big breakup: The EU after Brexit

Read more

FOCUS

France struggling to recruit prison imams

Read more

ENCORE!

Brazil’s contemporary art star Vik Muniz comes to Paris

Read more

FASHION

Men's fashion for summer 2017, part 1

Read more

Europe

Several killed in Turkish car bombing

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-08-20

At least seven people were killed and dozens injured on Monday night when a car bomb believed to have been planted by Kurdish militants exploded near a police station in southeast Turkey.

REUTERS - A car bomb believed to have been planted by Kurdish separatists exploded close to a police station in the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep on Monday, killing at least seven people and wounding dozens more, security sources said.

Television footage showed a bus and the surrounding area ablaze with smoke billowing into the sky as firemen tried to fight the fire. Ambulances ferried casualties to hospital while anxious residents looked on.
 
The explosion was caused by a remote-controlled car bomb, Turkey’s Dogan news agency quoted Gaziantep’s governor Erdal Ata as saying.

“Kurdish militants are believed to be behind the attack,” a security source told Reuters.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but southeastern Turkey has seen frequent attacks by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union. The group launched a separatist insurgency in the region 28 years ago.

The violence is a headache for Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as he seeks to limit the impact on Turkey of the conflict in Syria, where the PKK is exerting growing authority in some border areas. Ankara believes PKK militants are receiving arms from Syrian forces.

Turkey has opened a centre in Gaziantep to receive international aid for Syrian refugees fleeing the uprising there against President Bashar al-Assad, and is struggling to cope with an influx of almost 70,000 Syrian refugees.

Suspected PKK members ambushed a Turkish military bus in western Turkey earlier this month, an attack outside the group’s regular field of operation in the mainly Kurdish southeast.

Two Turkish soldiers were killed earlier on Monday by a landmine on a road in southeast Turkey, an attack also believed to have been carried out by PKK militants, security sources said.

Date created : 2012-08-20

  • TURKEY

    Turkish troops seek to free MP abducted by Kurds

    Read more

  • TURKEY

    Kurdish rebels, Turkish soldiers killed in clashes

    Read more

  • SYRIA - TURKEY

    Syria's 'forgotten Kurds' grab the spotlight

    Read more

COMMENT(S)