Explosion strikes Turkish police, killing three officers

Three officers die and three injured in suspected PKK bomb attack targeting armoured police vehicle in southeast Turkey

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Police seen patrolling the streets of Sur district of Turkey’s Diyarbakir province

Updated Dec 16, 2015

A makeshift explosive planted by PKK terrorists on Tuesday targeted an armoured police vehicle in the southeastern Turkish town of Silvan. Three police officers died in the attack while three others were left wounded, security officials said.

The blast is believed to have been caused with a remote-detonated bomb on the highway between the major southeastern city of Diyarbakir and the town of Silvan.

The police injured at the scene have been taken to Dicle University Medical Faculty Hospital for treatment.

Authorities have launched an operation in the area to find the assailants behind the incident.

Since the PKK’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11, almost 200 security officers and over 30 civilians have died as a result of PKK terror attacks.

TRTWorld and agencies