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Policeman killed in Turkey shooting

Published 23/07/2015

The funerals of two police officers killed on Wednesday have taken place in Turkey (AP)
The funerals of two police officers killed on Wednesday have taken place in Turkey (AP)

A police officer has been killed and another has been badly injured in a shooting in Turkey's mainly Kurdish south-east.

The attack came amid a surge of violence in Turkey following a suicide bomb attack near the border with Syria on Monday which killed 32 people and has been blamed on militants linked to Islamic State.

The Anadolu Agency said the police officers were gunned down in a street in Diyarbakir, the region's largest city. There was no immediate responsibility claim and an operation was launched to catch the assailants.

Yesterday, Kurdish militants claimed responsibility for the killing of two other policemen who were found shot dead in their shared home and said the attack was carried out in retaliation for the suicide bombing.

Elsewhere, suspected Islamic State militants fired at a Turkish military outpost from inside Syrian territory, killing a Turkish soldier and wounding two others.

Suleyman Tapsiz, the governor for the Kilis province, said the border outpost was attacked from a region under IS control. Turkish troops retaliated to the attack and at least one IS militant was killed.

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