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Deadly attack targets Turkish police station

A car bomb and rocket attack on a police post have rocked a southeastern town in Turkey. Hundreds have been killed since a ceasefire between Kurdish militants and the Turkish state collapsed.

Security officials say militants struck a police station in the town of Nusaybin near the Syrian border at around 6 a.m. (0400 UTC) Friday inflicting casualties.

Two officers were killed and at least four were hospitalized in serious condition.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency says the attack targeted a traffic police station as well as police barracks in the southeastern province of Mardin.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility, but authorities suspect Kurdish militants.

Casualties mount across Turkey

A

deadly cycle of violence ensued

with security forces

cracking down on restive southeastern towns and cities

with large Kurdish populations and Kurdish militant attacks targeting police and military with hundreds of lives lost.

The PKK, considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, launched an insurrection in the 1980s seeking greater political and cultural rights for Turkey's Kurds. More than 40,000 people have been killed since the 1980s.

A ceasefire between the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Turkish state collapsed last July.

jar/kms (AP, Reuters)

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