PKK Suicide Attack on Turkish Police Kills 11, Wounds 78

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  • Bomb-laden truck explodes near riot police building in Cizre
  • Attack follows Aug. 24 Turkish military incursion into Syria

The separatist Kurdish militant group PKK killed 11 police officers in southeast Turkey on Friday, the latest in a string of attacks against security forces that have intensified in the past year.

An assailant driving an explosive-laden truck hit the entrance to a riot police headquarters in the town of Cizre near the Iraq border, the Sirnak provincial government said in a statement. The bombing injured 78 people, including three civilians, it said.

The damaged police headquarters in Cizre on Aug. 26.

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Turkey is facing a growing threat from militant groups including Kurdish separatists and Islamic State, which Turkey blames for the killing of more than 50 people at a wedding in Gaziantep province last week. The Turkish military began a major operation on Wednesday to force members of the jihadist group away from its border and deeper into Syria, though the offensive also aims to halt advances by Syrian Kurdish groups.

The PKK, a Kurdish acronym which stands for Kurdistan Workers’ Party, is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and European Union. The group has been fighting against the Turkish security forces since 1984 over what it regards as state-sponsored violence against Turkey’s Kurdish population.