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Blast rocked Turkey’s Diyarbakir, several injured

DIYARBAKIR: A strong blast rocked Turkey’s largest Kurdish majority city of Diyarbakir on Tuesday near the riot police headquarters, just days before a key referendum on boosting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.

At least four people were injured, medics said.

The sound of the explosion was heard in several parts of the southeastern city, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

A police source said the explosion appeared to have taken place in a vehicle repair section of the police compound, causing part of the roof to collapse and wounding at least four people. The Dogan news agency said one was in a critical condition.

Ambulance and police have been sent to the scene of the blast in the mainly Kurdish city’s Baglar district, the private DHA news agency said.

The explosion comes days before a referendum on broadening President Recep Tayyip Erodgan’s powers.

Turkey has suffered a number of bomb attacks carried out by Kurdish rebels or Islamic State militants in recent years.

Diyarbakir is the largest city in the southeast of Turkey, where Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants have fought an insurgency against the state for more than three decades in a bid for autonomy.

Agencies

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