Eight police officers injured in car bomb attack in southeast Turkey, security sources say

Eight Turkish police officers were wounded on Friday when a bomb exploded in a roadside vehicle as a minibus passed by on a highway in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir, security sources said.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said two people had been detained and believed to be behind the blast.

“At 5:10am (0210GMT) there was an explosion in a parked vehicle as a police car was going to work in Diyarbakir,” he said.

The Diyarbakir governor’s office said no one was seriously injured by the bomb, but nine people in the armored minibus were taken to hospital for examination.

The source said the explosion happened near a livestock market about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of the center of Diyarbakir, the region’s largest city.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Kurdish, leftist and Islamic militants have all carried out bomb attacks in Turkey in the past.

Last month, a bomb killed six people and wounded dozens more in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city. Dozens of people, including a Syrian woman, have been detained as suspects.

Turkey blamed Kurdish militants for the blast, but no group claimed responsibility at the time either. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have denied involvement.

The PKK launched an insurgency against the Turkish state in 1984, mostly in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast. More than 40,000 people were killed in the conflict.

It is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.

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