Interior Minister says explosion in police compound in Diyarbakır a terror attack

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Emergency workers stand at the site of an explosion at the police headquarters in Diyarbakır, southeastern Turkey, on April 11, 2017.

Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has announced that an explosion which rocked a police compound in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on Tuesday was a terror attack.

Soylu told private broadcaster Habertürk on Thursday that the attack was staged through a tunnel dug from outside and loaded with explosives.

In an earlier statement, the Diyarbakır Governor’s Office stated that the explosion had occurred during the repair of a police panzer in an outbuilding at police headquarters in the Bağlar district.

One police officer and two civilians were killed in the explosion. Around 12 people were also wounded, according to the minister.

Five people were detained on Thursday as a part of the investigation into the attack, the Doğan news agency reported.

The police building was the scene of an outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) car bomb attack on Nov. 4, 2016 that killed nine people and injured over 100.

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