Seven police officers killed in Turkey in a car bomb attack

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The attack came on a day three ministers were in Diyarbakır Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was scheduled to visit the province on Friday. According to initial reports, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was behind the attack. The official statement said separatist “terrorists,” a government designation for Kurdish militants, targeted an armored vehicle transporting police personnel who had been temporarily deployed to the southeastern city. Turkey has been imposing curfews in several districts of the southeast since August to flush out militants linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Military operations have raised concerns over human rights violations and scores of civilian deaths. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by several states and organizations, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the European Union.

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