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Deadly attack on police station in southeastern Turkey

An attack has been launched on a police station in Turkey's troubled southeast region. The incident comes amid escalating violence between Ankara and Kurdish separatists.

The provincial governor's office in the Cinar district of Diyarbakir region said on Thursday that an overnight attack on a police compound had left five people dead and 39 wounded.

Officials blamed the attack on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a terrorist organization with a strong foothold in the southeastern part of Turkey. The PKK has been engaged in a decades-long insurgency against Ankara.

Turkish newspaper "Daily Sabah" reported that police personnel and civilians - including women and children - were among the wounded in the attack, which took place before dawn in Cinar's police headquarters and several adjacent buildings.

Violence intensifies

The attack began when a car bomb exploded, causing one of the nearby buildings to collapse.

The violence comes shortly after the Turkish military released a

report

saying that 448 members of the PKK had been killed since mid-December. That report was published the same weekend Turkish forces raided a home in eastern Van province following a tip that PKK militants were plotting a large-scale attack on government buildings.

The attack also comes two days after a suicide bomb explosion in Istanbul, which killed at least 10 people, all of them German tourists.

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blc/rc (Reuters, AFP)

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