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Bomb attack kills Turkish officer, PKK blamed

One police officer was killed and seven people were wounded when a bomb exploded as an armored police vehicle was passing

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One police officer was killed and seven people were wounded in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Tuesday when a bomb exploded as an armored police vehicle was passing, security sources said.

The blast hit an area near a state hospital in the district of Dicle, north of the region’s largest city, Diyarbakir. A police officer who suffered serious injuries died at the hospital, the sources said. Another police officer and six civilians were being treated for injuries, they said.

The state-run Anadolu Agency reported the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was to blame for the attack, which damaged buildings in Dicle district.

But the government has vowed no let-up in a relentless campaign to wipe the militants from urban centers of Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkey.

Bomb attacks on the Turkish security forces have surged since a two-year ceasefire between the state and the outlawed PKK collapsed last July. The attacks killed hundreds of the security force.

The autonomy-seeking PKK, considered a terrorist group by the United States and European Union, took up arms against the state three decades ago. In recent months the violence has been at its most intense since the peak of the conflict in the 1990s.

Separately, the Turkish military said in a statement that it carried out air strikes on Monday on PKK targets in northern Iraq, hitting shelters, caves and weapon positions in the Qandil mountains where the group’s leadership is based.

(Reuters and AFP)