Car bomb hits police bus in Turkish city of Diyarbakir, killing 7

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A car bomb has targeted a police bus in the city of Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey, killing at least seven people and wounding dozen more, witnesses and officials say. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The incident happened at around 5 p.m. local time on Thursday when a large explosion hit an area just outside a bus station in the Kurdish-dominated city. Photos from the scene showed that several vehicles, including a bus, were damaged.

Witnesses said a car bomb had targeted an armored bus which was carrying dozens of special police forces. Development Minister Cevdet Yılmaz confirmed that at least seven people had been killed, including police officers, and that 27 others were injured, about half of them civilians.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Thursday’s car bombing, but Turkey has been rocked by a series of deadly terrorist attacks over the last year.

Diyarbakir, with a population of nearly 1 million, is one of the largest cities in southeastern Turkey.

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