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.