Car Bomb Kills Seven Police Officers in Diyarbakir, Turkey: Executive

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 1:10 AM

A parked car laden with explosives was detonated by remote control as a minibus carrying the police officers turned a corner on a active street, the sources said, adding that civilians were also among the wounded.

Car Bomb Kills Seven Police Officers in Diyarbakir, Turkey: Executive

ANKARA/DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — A car bomb killed seven police officers and wounded around two dozen people in Turkey'south Diyarbakir on Thursday, security sources and executive said, a day before the prime minister is due to visit the biggest city in the largely Kurdish southeast.

A parked car laden with explosives was detonated by remote control as a minibus carrying the police officers turned a corner on a active street, the sources said, adding that civilians were also among the wounded.

President Tayyip Erdogan, who's on a visit to WA for a nuclear security summit, denounced the attack, saying it showed the "unpleasant face" of militants "as they are cornered."

"This shows terrorism'south ugly face again. The determination of our security forces will, God willing, keep an finish" to it, Erdogan said in a speech to the Brookings Institute.

He said twenty-seven people had also been wounded in the attack.

The southeast has been scorched by violence since a ceasefire between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the government collapsed latest July. The government has said it's killed thousands of militants since then, while more than three hundred fifty members of the security forces have been killed in the fighting.

Round-the-clock curfews have been instituted in parts of the southeast, where the economy also been devastated by the fighting. One of the hardest hit areas has been Diyarbakir'south historic Sur district, which is encircled by UNESCO-listed, Roman-era walls.

Development Minister Cevdet Yilmaz, in the area ahead of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu'south visit, said the government wanted to restore the region.

"We are here to restore Diyarbakir and create it beautiful, and they wish to demolish it," he said in comments broadcast live. "We won't retreat in fear."

The government has announced an ambitious restoration map for the southeast.

There was number immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb attack. A PKK offshoot has claimed two car bomb attacks this year in the capital Ankara.

The first, on February seventeen, targeted a military bus and killed twenty-nine people, mostly soldiers. The second, just below a mo later, killed thirty-seven in a crowded transport hub.

NATO member Turkey faces multiple security threats.

As portion of a U. S.-led coalition, it's fighting Islamic State in neighboring Syria and Iraq.

In Istanbul this mo a suicide bomber, who the government said was a member of Islamic State, killed three Israeli tourists and an Iranian.

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