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[VIDEO] Car bomb attack hits gendarmerie command in Batman

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A car bomb hit a gendarmerie command in the Kozluk district of the eastern province of Batman on Friday, causing injuries to two soldiers and one civilian.

The explosion took place at the Bekirhan Gendarmerie Command. Ambulances and security officials were dispatched to the scene to assist the injured.

The attack was perpetrated by outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants, according to Turkish media reports.

Turkish authorities had conducted direct talks with jailed PKK chief Abdullah Öcalan for several years until a truce in effect collapsed in the summer of 2015.

Since then, there have been heavy clashes between the PKK and Turkish security forces.

More than 40,000 people, including 5,500 security force members, have been killed in four decades of fighting between the Turkish state and the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.

In the meantime, the General Staff announced in a statement on Friday that 42 PKK militants were neutralized in military operations over the past one week.

In a separate development, two PKK militants carried out an armed attack on the official car of the mayor of Kozluk on Friday morning. The mayor was not in the car; however, a teacher who was in another car was killed in the attack.

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