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Turkey holds 10 suspects over deadly blast in southeast

07 novembre 2016 | 15.33
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Turkish police have detained 10 suspects over the deadly bomb attack that hit the Kurdish-majority southeastern city of Diyarbakır last week, killing 11 people and wounding hundreds, state-run Anadolu news agency said Monday.

The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), a splinter group of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed responsibility for the car bomb on Friday near a police academy in Diyarbakir.

PKK staged the attack with a three-ton bomb-laden vehicle, the Diyarbakır governor’s office announced.

The blast came hours after the arrests of the leaders of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party, People's Democracy (HDP) and 10 other lawmakers amid a broader crackdown against leading Kurds.

The blast in Diyarbakir was earlier claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group via its affiliated new agency Amaq, according to the US terrorist-tracking organisation SITE.

Ankara has troops stationed at a base just outside IS's embattled Iraqi stronghold of Mosul and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's escalating rhetoric has raised fears of an expanded Turkish military intervention in Iraq.

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