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Gendarmerie office attacked in Turkey, victims reported

9 July 2016 16:57 (UTC+04:00)
Gendarmerie office attacked in Turkey, victims reported

Three people have died and seven others, including civilians, have been injured in a bomb blast in Mardin, southeast Turkey, local authorities said, according to Anadolu Agency.

Kurdish militants blew up a car at a guard post of a military facility and opened fire at the soldiers of the gendarmerie using long-barreled weapons, but almost immediately were silenced by response fire.

Fire broke out in the result of a car bomb explosion on the territory of the gendarmerie. Six soldiers were wounded. One of them, despite the efforts of doctors, died.

After the attack, the militants fled using a car. A large-scale operation was launched in the region to eliminate the attackers.

Mardin governorship said in a statement that two Turkish soldiers were martyred and one female civilian was killed when a PKK car bomb exploded at Cevizlik gendarmerie station.

Seven people were injured – three critically – in the attack, which occurred 12:45 p.m. local time (0945GMT), the statement said.

Tension is high in southeastern Turkey since the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and the EU – resumed its 30-year armed campaign in July 2015.

Since then, nearly 600 security personnel, including troops, police officers and village guards, have been martyred and more than 5,000 PKK terrorists killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq.

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