2 Police Officers killed in Car Bomb Attack in Southeastern Turkey

2 Police Officers killed in Car Bomb Attack in Southeastern Turkey
Fri Mar 4, 2016 14:32:54

In a car bomb attack that has targeted a traffic police station in southeastern Turkey two Turkish police officers have been killed and 35 other people have been wounded.

The bombing occurred in the Nusaybin district of the southeastern province of Mardin on Friday. Two civilians are among the wounded.

Following the bombing, militants opened fire at the police station, including with rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

The car bomb explosion caused a fire that spread to nearby police lodgings.

Local Turkish media have blamed the attack on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants.

Violence has increased in Turkey, where the government has recently been engaged in an intensified crackdown on the country’s Kurdish population in the southeast. Turkey has also been carrying out airstrikes against Kurdish positions in Iraq, and Turkish artillery fire has also been hitting Kurds inside Syria.

In an operation against the PKK militants in the country’s southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir and Mardin on Thrusday, four Turkish soldiers were killed and one other injured.

Earlier in the day, three soldiers lost their lives and eight PKK terrorists were killed during a firefight in the Dargecit district of Mardin Province.

Also on Thursday, two PKK militants launched a gun and grenade attack on a police station in a suburb of the Turkish city of Istanbul.

In a separate development on Friday, Turkey’s Justice Ministry has sent a request to the prime minister’s office, asking him for the removal of the parliamentary immunity of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) members, according to Anadolu news Agency.

Members of parliament in Turkey have immunity from prosecution.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly called for the lawmakers from the party to face prosecution. He accuses them of acting on behalf of the PKK militant group; Press TV reported.


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