Just two days after Pentagon and State Department ordered families of U.S. service members and diplomats to evacuate, a car bomb in southeastern Turkey has killed four police officers and wounded at least 20 others. The bomb was reportedly targeting police special forces.
Via Fox News:
A car bomb targeting police special forces in southeastern Turkey killed four officers and wounded at least 20 other people, government officials told Reuters Thursday.
Police were inside an armored bus with the bomb exploded in the city of Diyarbakır, less than 100 miles north of the Syrian border, sources tell the news agency. They said civilians were among the wounded.
No groups initially claimed responsibility for Thursday’s blast.
The Turkish government has blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, also known as the PKK, for a string of recent attacks. The group fights for Kurdish autonomy; Turkey and its allies consider it a terrorist organization.
The Pentagon and State Department had cited security fears and attack plots from the Islamic State terror network in their evacuation order.
Sadly, southern Turkey has become another hot mess; some are calling it the “new Syria.”
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]