Police were targeted this morning, resulting in the deaths 6 people, 4 of which were law enforcement officers in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Twenty others were wounded, but this terrorist attack came very close to being much worse. Terrorists in a car rigged with explosives were actually targeting a bus full of special police agents, but overshot their target, killing 4 officers instead of 20. Two civilians were also killed.
According to Reuters:
“A security source said earlier that the attack targeted a minibus carrying members of the police special forces. Diyarbakir, the largest city in the southeast, has been hit by waves of violence in fighting between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and security forces.”
Al Jazeera reports this history of the conflict in Turkey:
“The PKK has been fighting against the Turkish state since 1984, initially for Kurdish independence, although it now presses for greater autonomy and rights for the country’s largest ethnic minority. The conflict has left tens of thousands dead over the years.”
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