Roadside bomb blast kills eight in Turkey

  • 18 October 2011
  • From the section Europe

An explosion in south-eastern Turkey has killed five police officers and three civilians, including a young girl, local officials say.

Reports in Turkey's media say a roadside bomb targeting a police vehicle was detonated remotely in the village of Guroymak, Bitlis province.

The civilians who died were travelling in a lorry behind the police car.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the officials suspect Kurdish separatists were behind it.

The area - where ethnic Kurds make up a majority - has recently seen a spike in attacks by members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - a group which is seeking greater autonomy in Turkey.

Turkey has responded with a police crackdown on suspected rebel sympathisers and air strikes on Kurdish sites in northern Iraq.

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