Turkish Police Car Bomb Attack

11 Turkish Police Killed In Car Bomb Attack

Eleven Turkish police officers were killed on Friday in a suicide car bombing at a security checkpoint in the restive south-eastern town of Cizre.

Government officials said in Istanbul that the bombing by the roadblock outside a police headquarters, also injured 75 security force members and three civilians.

Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, blamed the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) for the bombing.

Report said that the PKK and the state resumed their conflict last year, after a ceasefire collapsed following the breakdown of peace talks.

It noted that more than 1,900 people have died since July last year, including more than 650 members of the security forces, almost half of whom have been killed by improvised explosive devices.

The conflict has been ongoing for more than three decades, with the PKK demanding greater autonomy for the Kurdish minority in Turkey, which has long complained of discrimination.

More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

The Turkish government has repeatedly ruled out a return to peace talks despite pressure from Kurdish political groups in the country.

This week, Turkey launched an operation in Syria against Islamic State and Kurdish militants.

 

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