Two explosions in Turkey leave several dead and injured

An explosion in south-eastern Turkey left several people dead Thursday just hours after an apparent car bomb attack targeting security forces in Istanbul.

Security sources said several people were killed and more injured in the explosion in Diyarbakir. Kurdish militants were loading explosives onto a vehicle, causing the blast, the sources said.

Earlier, a car appeared to have exploded as a military bus was passing near barracks in Istanbul, injuring eight people, including five soldiers, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported, citing Governor Vasip Sahin.

The blast took place in Sancaktepe district, on the Asian side of the Turkish metropolis.

In August, Kurdish militants claimed a car bomb attack on a police station in the nearby Sultanbeyli neighbourhood, killing an officer. Two militants were also killed in clashes with police.

Recent months have seen a serious uptick in clashes between the state's security forces and militants from the Kurdish minority, leaving many hundreds dead.

Last update: Thu, 12/05/2016 - 23:33

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