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Four Dead, 19 Injured in Explosion in Turkey's Silopi

© AFP 2021 / ILYAS AKENGINA woman walks past the ruins of a building as curfew ends during daylight in the town of Silopi. (File)
A woman walks past the ruins of a building as curfew ends during daylight in the town of Silopi. (File) - Sputnik International
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Four were killed and 19 injured in an explosion in Silopi, a town in southeastern Turkey, N-TV reported.

According to NTV television, an improvised bomb placed in a sewer exploded on a street of the Silopi township as a police car was passing by. There are five policemen among the wounded.

Authorities suspect Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) involvement in the attack, NTV said.

Backdropped by a Turkish forces armoured personnel carrier, residents walk around after the 24-hour curfew was lifted, in the mostly-Kurdish town of Silopi, in southeastern Turkey, near the border with Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 - Sputnik International
Turkey Blockades Kurdish Town of Silopi, Pushing Kurds Out of Cizre
Tensions between Ankara and the Kurds escalated in July 2015 when a ceasefire between Turkey and the PKK collapsed because of a series of terror attacks allegedly committed by PKK members.

Ankara has imposed several round-the-clock curfews in Kurdish-populated towns, preventing civilians from fleeing the regions where the military operations are taking place.

In April, a member of the Turkish parliament from the Kurdish People's Democratic Party told Sputnik that the town of Silopi was under a blockade with a curfew in place, while the authorities were trying to drive the Kurds from the town of Cizre.

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