The fifth bomb attack in Turkey in a week has claimed the lives of at least two people, including a police officer. The device exploded in a rubbish bin in a cafe in the south-eastern province of Van, near the border with Iran. The tea garden is apparently popular with civil servants. There has been no claim of responsibility but a Kurdish separatist group, the Kurdistan Liberation Hawks, said it planted last week’s bombs, which targeted holiday resorts and Istanbul. Three people died after an explosion in a busy shopping centre in Antalya last Monday.
The militant organisation has threatened to turn Turkey into “hell”. It and the larger banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party oppose Ankara’s policies in the Kurdish region.