Monday, May 30, 2016

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

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.

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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