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Suicide blast targets Turkey police

A car bomb driven by two suspected suicide attackers has exploded outside a police station in central Turkey, killing at least one policeman and wounding 11 people.

The two attackers were also killed.

The pair sped through a police check point and detonated the powerful bomb outside the police station in the town of Pinarbasi, in the province of Kayseri, said Idris Naim Sahin, the interior minister.

A police officer was seriously wounded and some of the injured were the children of police officers staying in nearby police lodgings.

Media reported that a policeman standing guard outside the police station opened fire at the attackers, triggering a clash with police guards outside the building. The bomb went off soon after the clashes.

The vehicle was first spotted at the check point in the neighbouring province of Kahramanmaras, some 90 kilometres (56 miles) away, when it ignored calls by police to stop.

Mr Sahin hinted that Kurdish rebels, fighting for autonomy in south-east Turkey, might have been behind the attack.

"The crazy attacks of the terrorist organisation are continuing," he said, in an apparent reference to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

Suspected Kurdish rebels have also kidnapped 10 villagers in a raid near the south-eastern town of Tunceli.

The PKK has carried out several bombings, including suicide attacks throughout Turkey in the past. The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people since 1984.


From Belfast Telegraph