At least two people are dead and about eight injured after a bomb blast in a cafe in southeast Turkey. It is the latest in a series of explosions that have rocked the country over the past week. A policeman was one of those killed in this new attack in the district of Catak in Van province. Authorities say a bomb exploded in a rubbish bin in a tea garden often frequented by civil servants. A militant group calling itself the Kurdistan Liberation Hawks has claimed responsibility for earlier attacks in several other cities. The group has threatened to turn Turkey into what it calls “hell”.
The Hawks and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK, are opposed to Ankara’s policies in the Kurdish region. The PKK took up arms in 1984 to try to create a homeland in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast. This latest string of attacks has targeted holiday resorts and a region frequently hit by separatist violence near the Iranian and Iraqi border.