Nine injured in bomb blast in Turkiye

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A bomb hit an armoured police van in southeastern Turkiye on Friday, injuring nine people and reviving fears of new unrest in the mainly Kurdish region.

Eight police officers and another person were injured in the attack near the city of Diyarbakir, the local governor’s office said. The injured were rushed to the hospital as a “precaution”, a statement said, adding that their injuries were not life-threatening.

Television images showed a white bus standing on a debris-strewn road with its luggage compartment heavily damaged.

The blast on a road between Diyarbakir and the city of Mardin was the first in the region reported by officials in more than five years.

It came with Turkiye stepping up air strikes against Kurdish forces in northern Syria and continuing its limited ground campaign in Iraq.—AFP