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PKK claims responsibility for Mardin suicide bomb attack

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The terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s suicide bomb attack targeting the Midyat Police Department in the southeastern province of Mardin, which left six dead and 51 injured.

Three police officers, two of them female, and three civilians lost their lives, while 51 people were injured in the attack, which was carried out with a bus laden with a ton of bombs. One of the female officers was determined to be two months pregnant.

Several websites linked to the PKK named the suicide bomber as “İshak Katar” and announced his code name as “Dirok Amed.”

The PKK is designated as a “terrorist organization” by the United States (US) and the European Union (EU), as well as Turkey. The 32-year-old conflict, which has claimed more than 40,000 lives, halted in March 2013 as part of the settlement process initiated between the PKK and the Turkish government. However, the PKK ended the ceasefire in the summer of 2015.

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