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Blast Rocks Turkey's Diyarbakir
Blast Rocks Turkey's Diyarbakir

Blast Rocks Turkey's Diyarbakir

Blast Rocks Turkey's Diyarbakir

Several people have been reported wounded after a large blast hit the city of Diyarbakir in Turkey's Kurdish-dominated southeast on Tuesday. Turkey's interior minister has claimed that the explosion was an accident. The strong blast is believed to have gone off near the riot police's headquarters in the city's largely residential district of Baglar.

A police source said the explosion went off in the vehicle repair section of the police compound, DW reported.

Reports suggested that the blast was so strong that it was heard throughout the whole city. The Turkish Dogan News Agency reported that at least four people were injured in the blast, one critically.

Turkey has been rocked by a series of bomb attacks perpetrated by militant forces and the self-styled Islamic State.

Last November, a car bomb in Diyarbakir killed at least eight people and injured more than 100. Turkish authorities blamed the attack on militants from Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) although IS went on to claim responsibility.

Tuesday's attack comes just five days before Turkey holds a controversial referendum vote seeking to expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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