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At least 7 killed, 10 injured in roadside explosion in Turkey
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At least 7 killed, 10 injured in roadside explosion in Turkey

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Ankara, Sep 13: At least seven people were killed and 10 others wounded as a result of an explosion planted on a road in Turkey's restive southeastern province of Diyarbakir, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Friday.

"Seven of our citizens died after an improvised explosive device planted on a road by terrorists detonated, injuring 10 more, with two of them in critical condition," Anadolu News Agency quoted Soylu as saying.

The blast occurred around 1800 hrs local time on Thursday in Diyarbakir's Kulp district as a vehicle carrying villagers was passing, according to local authorities.

The explosives were believed to have been placed by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, the Diyarbakir governor's office said in a statement.

The Turkish government has been fighting the PKK, which seeks to establish a Kurdish autonomy in Turkey, since the early 1980s. The PKK and Ankara agreed to a ceasefire deal in 2013, but it collapsed just two years later following a number of terror attacks, allegedly committed by PKK militants. (UNI)