At least six people have been killed, and a further 39 wounded, following a truck bomb, by suspected Kurdish militants, in southeast Turkey.
Kurdish militants launched a truck bomb attack on a police station in southeast Turkey overnight, killing six people and wounding 39 in one of the biggest strikes since conflict flared in the region last July, security officials said on Thursday.
The blast ripped the facade off the building in the small town of Cinar and caused extensive damage to the surrounding area, smashing windows, mangling shop shutters and littering the streets with debris, a Reuters witness said.
The mainly Kurdish region has been hit by a surge in violence since a two-year ceasefire between the state and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) collapsed six months ago, reviving an insurgency that has killed 40,000 people over three decades.
The conflict is stretching Turkey’s security forces, which are fighting on two fronts. The latest blast follows a suicide bomb attack by a suspected Islamic State militant which killed 10 German tourists in Istanbul on Tuesday.
PKK militants attacked the police station and adjoining accommodation in Cinar, south of the main regional city of Diyarbakir, at around 11:30pm local time, the provincial governor’s office said in a statement.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, in which the statement said five people were killed. A witness reported seeing a sixth dead body pulled from the wreckage and a security source said it was that of a policeman’s wife.
“It was a really loud blast, as if it was in our house,” said Ali Devran, a resident in his 30s near the scene. “We went and helped carry the wounded to ambulances. Some suffered burns.”
A security source said 1.5 tonnes of explosives were used in the blast. Rescue workers continued to search for bodies at the scene, where ambulances remained on standby.
Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus condemned the attack as “treacherous” on his Twitter account.