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One dead, 27 hurt in Turkey blast

One civilian has been killed and 27 other people injured, including seven police officers, in an explosion apparently targeting a police car in south-eastern Turkey, an official said.

The private Dogan news agency said police had to use tear gas to disperse an angry crowd that gathered at the scene of the blast in the mostly Kurdish city of Hakkari.

No-one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, but Kurdish rebels who are fighting for autonomy in the region have used roadside bombings against military and police vehicles there in the past.

Governor Muammer Turker told Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency that the blast happened in a busy street as the police vehicle was driving by.

TRT, Turkey's state-run television, said the explosion was caused by a roadside bomb targeting police.

The pro-Kurdish news agency, Firat, said the blast was caused by a bomb which left a large crater in the ground and shattered the windows of surrounding buildings.

Kurdish rebels, who belong to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, have been branded terrorists by the US and the European Union. Tens of thousands of people have died during their battle for independence since 1984.

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