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Explosion hits SE Turkey, 8 martyred: PM Yildirim

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Baku, November 4, AZERTAC

A total of eight people were martyred in a vehicle bomb attack on a police station in the largest city in southeast Turkey on Friday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, Anadolu Agency reports.

"There are eight deaths," said Yildirim, adding that two police officers and six civilians were martyred, and one terrorist killed.

The prime minister added that 100 people had been injured, 93 of them had been released from hospitals.

"Seven of our citizens are still under medical care in hospital," said Yildirim.

Diyarbakir provincial governor’s office had said in a statement that the explosion was caused by the PKK terrorist group.

The blast struck a building used by riot police officers in Baglar, a district in the center of Diyarbakir province, at 7.53 a.m. local time (0453GMT), the governor’s office said in the statement.

The area of the attack is heavily populated and civilians, particularly students, would have been in the vicinity, the statement added.

The explosion damaged nearby cars and premises. Fire engines and ambulances rushed to the area following the detonation and the government imposed a broadcast ban, as is usual in the aftermath of terrorist incidents.

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