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Blast kills 8, wounds 60 in southeastern Turkey

Xinhua)  09:38, August 21, 2012

At least eight people were killed and 60 others injured in a huge blast near a police station in southeastern Turkey province on Aug. 20, 2012. (Photo/Xinhua)

At least eight people were killed and 60 others injured in a huge blast near a police station in southeastern Turkey province on Aug. 20, 2012


ANKARA, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- At least eight people were killed and 60 others injured in a huge blast in southeastern Turkish province of Gaziantep on Monday, an official statement said.

A truck full of explosives stopped near the Karsiyaka police station in Gaziantep and the bombs were detonated, setting two buses and a car ablaze, said the statement issued by Gaziantep Governor's office.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast Monday night near the border with Syria.

Members of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) are active in the region. Fighting between the Turkish security forces and PKK militants, who seek autonomy in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast, has intensified in recent weeks.

Television footage showed that firefighters are attempting to douse a fierce blaze that gutted several vehicles.

Earlier Monday, a mine, planted by the PKK militants, was detonated while a Turkish military armored vehicle was on routine duty at the Hakkari-Van highway, leaving two Turkish soldiers killed and another wounded.

The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, took up arms in 1984 in an attempt to create an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey. Since then, over 40,000 people have been killed in conflicts involving the group.

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(Editor:陈丽丹、张茜)

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