9 police and soldiers killed, scores wounded in east Turkey bombings

A car bomb and a roadside explosion killed nine members of Turkey's security forces on Thursday and injured more than 200, the Dogan news agency reported, as a wave of such attacks takes place across the restive south-east in recent days.

The first attack, a car bomb in the eastern Elazig province outside a police headquarters, claimed three police officers' lives.

Later, in the nearby Bitlis province, five soldiers and a member of a pro-government militia were killed by a roadside bomb.

On Wednesday evening, in Van province, also in Turkey's restive east, a bomb went off near a police station and left three people dead, including two civilians, with dozens injured.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim flew to Elazig to condemn the blast and blame the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Meanwhile, the pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) called for an immediate end to the violence, which has been on the rise in the mostly Kurdish south-east of the country.

The HDP, often accused by the government of having links to the banned PKK, called on all parties to "abstain from actions and attitudes that may drag Turkey into a more conflicted state," while urging a return to peace talks.

The Turkish government has ruled out ever again negotiating with the PKK.

Kurdish militants and security forces have been embroiled in clashes, since a ceasefire between the government and the PKK broke down in July.

Just months earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan all but froze peace talks which he had initiated several years earlier.

Over the past year, more than 1,800 people have been killed in the new round of conflict, including members of the security forces, militants and civilians. About half a million people have been displaced.

Militants have increasingly been using car bombs and other improvised explosive devices against security forces.

Last update: Thu, 18/08/2016 - 16:44

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