Some 11 people are now confirmed dead after an explosion in Turkey late yesterday. Turkish police have set up checkpoints on roads leading out of Diyarbakir, as a major search operation begins for those responsible. The explosion occurred at a bus stop in the largest city in Turkey’s southeast region. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which was possibly triggered by mobile phone.
Police say they believe the device was set off by mistake and may have been intended for a nearby police headquarters. Hospitals were treating 13 people wounded in the explosion, which is the latest in a string of attacks to hit Turkish cities. 12 people have been killed and up to 100 wounded in recent weeks. Diyarbakir is Turkey’s largest Kurdish-majority city where rebels fighting for autonomy recently stepped up their attacks.
Kurdish separatists, particularly the outlawed PKK, oppose Ankara’s policies in the unsettled region. This latest explosion happened one day after the country’s main Kurdish political party called on the PKK to declare a ceasefire.