One killed, more than 30 wounded in car bomb blast in Turkey

Smoke rises from an explosion in a central district of Diyarbakir.
Smoke rises from an explosion in a central district of Diyarbakir. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISTANBUL (REUTERS) - A car bomb blast killed one person and wounded at least 30 others in south-eastern Turkey on Friday (Nov 4).

The provincial governor’s office said Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants were believed to be responsible. 

It said in a written statement that the blast occurred around 8 am local time (1 pm Singapore time) near a police facility in the Baglar district of Diyarbakir, the largest city in the mainly Kurdish south-east.

The attack followed the overnight arrests of 11 lawmakers from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), whose base is largely drawn from Kurds in the region, as well as leftists and progressives throughout Turkey.