PKK claims car bomb that killed 6 in Turkey

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Istanbul  –  The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), on Thursday, claimed a car bombing in South-Eastern Turkey that targeted a police headquarter which led to the death of six people, including civilians.

The PKK, on the website of its armed wing, took responsibility by saying that it was a suicide operation and it named the attacker.

The group claimed the number of security officers killed was far higher than what the officials reported.

Turkeys’ state run Anadolu News Agency said 51 people were injured in the blast on Wednesday, which blew the front off the building and caused extensive damage.

There has been no claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s car bombing in Istanbul.

The bomb had targeted a police bus and killed 11 people.

The government has accused that PKK, which it considers a terrorist group, as being responsible for it.

Faruk Celik, the Agriculture Minister, announced a ban on the sale of nitrate fertilizers, due to its usage in producing bombs.

“About a fifth of all fertilizer sold in Turkey is of the type that can be used in making bombs’’, Anadolu cited the minister as saying.

The war in the mostly-Kurdish south-east heated up again last year after a ceasefire between the state and the PKK broke down.

Turkey also announced a series of fresh airstrikes in south-eastern Turkey and northern Iraq this week, saying it was hitting PKK bases. The PKK has confirmed strikes in northern Iraq. (dpa/NAN)

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