Three people killed, dozens wounded in Turkey car bomb attack


ISTANBUL, Turkey – At least three people have lost their lives and more than three dozen sustained injuries in a bomb attack on a military outpost followed by shooting in Turkey’s southeastern province of Mardin.

The car bombing targeted the Cevizlik village outpost in Mardin province, which borders Syria, on Saturday around 12:40 pm (0940 GMT), killing two soldiers and a civilian, security sources said.

They added that those wounded in the attack included 23 soldiers, three of whom seriously hurt, 14 civilians as well as one member of the village guard.

The attack came a day after Turkish troops killed 19 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants during clashes elsewhere in the mainly Kurdish region.

Turkish troops killed 17 PKK militants in the Semdinli district of Hakkari province on Friday.

A shaky ceasefire between Ankara and the PKK that had stood since 2013 was declared null and void by the militants following the Turkish strikes against the group.

The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey since 1984. The conflict has left more than 40,000 people dead.