Turkey: On Friday, 12 police officers were killed and 45 people injured when a car bomb blamed on Kurdistan Workers Party(PKK) militants explode outside a police building in the southeast of Turkey. The bomb attack caused huge damage to the special anti-riot police force’s headquarters in Cizre.
Quoting the local government, the state run Anadolu news agency reported that 8 Turkish police officers were killed and 45 more people wounded, two of them in critical condition.
According to the sources that adjacent buildings of the police headquarters sustained severe damage and some were still on fire.
The news agency – Anadolu said that the bomb had gone off 50 meters away from the building at a control post. It said that the blast had been carried out by the PKK militants.
Anadolu added that Security forces closed the main road to Cizre
from the provincial capital of Sirnak to the north after the attack.
Leaving hundreds of soldiers and police officers dead, the Turkish security forces have been hit by near daily attacks by the PKK militants since a two-and-a-half year ceasefire collapsed in 2015.
On Thursday, Turkey shelled the kurdish militia fighters in Syria, saying they were failing to observe a deal with the US to stop advancing in jihadist-held territory.
Since the PKK first took arms in hand in 1984 with the aim of carving out an independent state for Kurdish minority of Turkey, more than 40,000 people have been killed.
It is proscribed as a terrorist group by the United States, the European Union(EU) and Turkey.