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Explosion Near Gendarmerie in Southeastern Turkey Injures Five

© AFP 2021 / LYAS AKENGINTurkish special force police officers walk at the site of a bomb attack in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, on March 31, 2016
Turkish special force police officers walk at the site of a bomb attack in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, on March 31, 2016 - Sputnik International
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An explosion occurred near the gendarmerie in the Turkish Diyarbakir province near the Syrian border, wounding at least five officers, local media reported Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Vatan newspaper, the explosion, which occurred in the town of Kulp, was caused by a car bomb. After the explosion, a large-scale operation was launched to boost safety in the area, and police and ambulance vehicles were sent to the scene.

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Turkish Gendarmerie General Command is a special branch of military forces charged with public order outside of the jurisdiction of police, usually in rural areas.

No organization has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. According to the newspaper, the Turkish authorities presumed that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was behind the attack, as local police had previously clashed with the militants.

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PKK is outlawed in Turkey as a terrorist organization. A ceasefire between Turkey and Kurdish militants collapsed in July 2015, prompting the Turkish authorities to launch a military operation in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern regions.

The anti-PKK campaign in Diyarbakir started in November 2015. A curfew entered into force the following month amid growing violence between the militants and the Turkish servicemen. In March, Ankara declared an end to its large-scale operation in the city and its suburbs, as a result of which some 300 PKK militants were killed, according to the Turkish General Staff.

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