Turkey car bomb attack kills two police, wounds 35

Turkey car bomb attack kills two police, wounds 35 –

Reuters – A car bomb and rocket attack by Kurdish militants in Turkey killed two police officers and wounded 35 people in the southeastern province of Mardin on Friday, security sources said.

The bomb blast, blamed on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, caused significant damage to a traffic police station and neighboring housing in the town of Nusaybin, near the Syrian border, the sources told Reuters.

A clash broke out between police and militants after the explosion, which occurred around 6 a.m. (0400 GMT). Security force reinforcements, along with ambulances and fire engines, were sent to the area, the sources said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

A ceasefire between the PKK and the state collapsed last July and attacks on Turkey’s security forces have since increased amid a surge in violence in the predominantly Kurdish southeast. Hundreds of people have been killed.

Two soldiers were killed in a clash in the Idil district of the neighboring province of Sirnak, which borders both Syria and Iraq and has seen some of the heaviest violence, the Dogan news agency said.

It also said Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had arrived in the province for a brief visit.

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