Turkey: explosion at police station was ‘terror attack’

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Turkish police officers walk at Istanbul’s headquarters prior to a news conference regarding the arrest of a suspect of New Year’s nightclub attack, in Istanbul, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Turkish officials on Tuesday confirmed that the gunman who carried out the deadly New Year’s attack on an Istanbul nightclub, which was claimed by the Islamic […]

ANKARA,Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says an explosion that hit a police station in the mainly-Kurdish city of Diyarbakir was the result of a “terror attack.”

Tuesday’s blast, which killed three people, an armored police vehicle was being repaired.

Soylu had initially said the explosion appeared to be accidental. On Wednesday, however, he said investigators had concluded that it was an attack by assailants who had dug tunnels and placed explosives beneath the vehicle repair facility.

Soylu told Haber Turk news channel: “Last night, it became clear that it was a terror attack.”

He did not say who was suspected of being behind the attack.

Kurdish rebels, engaged in a renewed battle against the government forces, have previously targeted police in the region.

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