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1 killed, 13 injured in car bomb blast in SE Turkey

11-05-2012 00:52 BJT

ANKARA, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- A car bomb exploded in the province of Hakkari in southeastern Turkey on Sunday as a police vehicle was passing by, killing one woman and wounding 13 others, private Dogan news agency reported.

The blast occurred in the Semdinli town of Hakkari on Turkey's border with Iraq and Iran, a scene of frequent conflict in recent months between Turkish security forces and the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK).

The injured were taken to the Semdinli and Yuksekova state hospitals for treatment and two of them were believed to be in serious condition.

Electricity supply in the town was cut off after the blast, according to the report.

According to Dogan, a group of PKK members staged the blast against the Special Action Police Officers in the region, and a large-scale operation was launched to capture the PKK rebels.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, took up arms in 1984 in an attempt to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Since then, over 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the group.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Xinhua

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