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Several killed in PKK attack on Turkish police station

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-01-14

At least five people were killed and 39 injured on Thursday in a car bomb attack by Kurdish rebels on a police station in Turkey’s troubled southeast, Turkish media reported.

Kurdish rebels detonated a car bomb at the police station then attacked it with rocket launchers and long-range firearms.

The attack targeted the police station in the town of Cinar, in the mostly-Kurdish Diyarbakir province, and police lodgings on the top floors of the building, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. The force of the blast destroyed part of the station's wall and left the wives of police and several children wounded, Dogan said.

Another police station was also attacked with rocket launchers in Midyat town, in the province of Mardin, in what appeared to be a simultaneous assault. No casualties were reported there.

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) launched a formal insurgency against the Turkish state in 1984, initially fighting for Kurdish independence although it now presses more for greater autonomy and rights for the country’s largest ethnic minority.

The conflict has left tens of thousands dead.

A new upsurge of violence between the security forces and the PKK erupted in July in the wake of attacks blamed on Islamic extremists, shattering a fragile two-and-a-half-year truce.

Vowing to flush out the PKK from Turkey’s urban centres, the authorities have in recent weeks kept up curfews in three locations in the southeast to back up military operations that activists say have killed dozens of civilians.

Ten German tourists were killed on Tuesday in a suicide bombing in central Istanbul which the government blamed on Islamic State (IS) group, arch foe of the PKK.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP)

Date created : 2016-01-14

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