Several people have been injured in an explosion at a police compound in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir, in the mainly Kurdish city's Baglar district. One person was trapped beneath the debris and has yet to be rescued, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said. The injured later died in a hospital. The blast could be heard in several areas of the city.
Smoke was seen rising into the air. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said he explosion happened during the repair of an armored vehicle in the compound. The roof collapsed. The blast also left a crater in the ground. The suggested cause of explosion was the repair work and not the result of an attack. The exact cause of the explosion was under investigation. Surrounding buildings and cars parked nearby were damaged in the blast. Diyarbakir is the largest city in the southeast of Turkey. Even accidentally, the explosion came before a hotly contested referendum on Sunday on broadening President Tayyip Erdogan's powers, a constitutional change opposed by many in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast.