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Turkey-PKK conflict: Eight killed in twin bomb blasts

Turkey-PKK conflict- Eight killed in twin bomb blasts
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Kurdish PKK rebels have carried out two bomb attacks on police vehicles in the mainly Kurdish south-east of Turkey, killing at least eight people and wounding many more, officials say.

Three died and 25 others were injured in a blast in the town of Kiziltepe.

In Diyarbakir, a car bomb killed at least five civilians and wounded 12 others.

Clashes between Turkey’s security forces and the PKK resumed last year, ending a ceasefire.

Since then, south-east Turkey has seen its worst violence in 20 years. / Read more at BBC.

In a recent interview, PKK commander Cemil Bayik said “a new style of war has been developed” against Turkey.

“The war will from now on be conducted everywhere without distinguishing between mountains, valleys and cities,” he was quoted by Firat news agency as saying.

As well as fighting the PKK, Turkey is battling so-called Islamic State, whose militants have carried out a series of bloody attacks over the past year.

The PKK, which is banned in Turkey, launched its insurgency in 1984, alleging widespread abuse and discrimination against Kurds by Turkish authorities.

Since the ceasefire broke down, military operations in the south-east and retaliatory attacks by the PKK have left hundreds of people dead.

Istanbul (CNN) Two bomb blasts Wednesday killed at least eight people and injured dozens more in southern Turkey, a senior official said.

One of the explosions targeted a police bus outside Mardin State Hospital in the town of Kiziltepe, on the Turkish border with Syria.
The blast killed three people and wounded at least 30 people — including five children.
At the same time, a car bomb on a bridge in the nearby city of Diyarbakir killed five people and injured at least 30, said the official, who was not identified per government protocol.
Initial assessments indicate Kurdish militants were behind both attacks, the official said.

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