Roadside bomb blast kills police in Turkey's Diyarbakir

Explosion targets armoured vehicle carrying riot police in Kurdish-majority province, killing at least four officers.

    Roadside bomb blast kills police in Turkey's Diyarbakir

    At least four police officers have been killed and two others wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in Kurdish-majority southeastern Turkey, according to the local governor's office.

    The blast on Monday occurred in the Sur neighbourhood of Diyarbakir province, where the Turkish army launched an intensive campaign last year against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

    "An attack was carried out when explosives ... detonated as an armoured vehicle carrying our riot police was passing by," the governor's office said in a statement.

    The toll of four police killed raised a previous figure of three dead.

    READ MORE: Turkey's war on the PKK

    The state-run Anadolu news agency said the wounded were being treated in Dicle University's Medical Faculty Hospital, which is located close to the site of the blast.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

    The governor's office called it "an atrocious terror attack", pledging that Turkey would continue to fight "against terror" with determination.

    Turkey has been hit by a series of bombings over the past few years, including five in Istanbul.

    Dozens of attacks blamed on the PKK and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) groups took hundreds of lives.

    SOURCE: News agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    We explore how Salah Ed-Din unified the Muslim states and recaptured the holy city of Jerusalem from the crusaders.