A powerful explosion that hit police headquarters in Turkish city of Diyarbakir in the south-east of the country left at least thirty people injured and one dead, local media reported Friday.

 

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The explosion occurred in the early hours of morning near the building of Counter-terror and Riot Police Branch, NTV channel reported, citing sources in police. The police have cordoned the area, with a number of ambulances dispatched to the scene. According to the preliminary information, the explosion was carried out with a bomb-laden car.

 

Ambulances have been dispatched to the scene and police sealed off the area, the NTV broadcaster reported.

 

Police officers and civilians were killed in an explosion that took place near the Counter-terror and Riot Police Branch building in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Friday.

 

“There are victims among police officers and civilians after today’s explosion in Diyarbakir. The terrorist attack was carried out with a bomb-laden car,” Bozdag told journalists.

 

The similar attacks were conducted earlier by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) militants.

 

Tensions between Ankara and the PKK escalated in July 2015 when a ceasefire between the sides collapsed over a series of terror attacks allegedly committed by the members of the group, which is outlawed in Turkey as a terrorist organization.