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>> Scenes of chaos in southeast Turkey. Emergency services arriving after a bomb attack killed four and left 30 badly wounded. Kurdish militants blamed for targeting a five story police station, the explosion ripping apart its facade and damaging neighboring buildings.
t on the streets, gunfire and clashes breaking out between security forces and the militants.
The attack happened in an area where the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, have waged a three decade insurgency for Kurdish autonomy. It also comes a day after a car bomb targeted police in Istanbul in a worrying escalation of violence. Reuters bureau chief Nick Tattersall is there.>> Well the latest is that four people were killed in the explosion in Midyat, and it's in part of the southeast which has seen a surge in violence since last July.
When a cease fire between the PKK, the Kurdish Militant Group, and the state collapsed. The greater concern perhaps is the bombing in Istanbul a day earlier in which 11 people were killed, police officers and civilians. A presidential spokesman said today that the initial indications suggest that that attack had been carried out by the PKK.
That would mark somewhat of a change. The militants have, for the most part, targeted their attacks on the security forces in the southeast. What we've seen recently are attacks being carried out elsewhere, most recently in Istanbul, also in Ankara. That's a headache for the Turkish security forces and it's a concern for Turkey more widely at a time when's it's also battling the threat from Islamic State militants in Syria.
>> So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack in Istanbul. Officials suspect Kurdish militants who have staged similar attacks on the security forces in the past.