Turkey blast kills nine, injures 100 after pro-Kurdish leaders detained

A car bomb targeting a police station in southeastern Turkey has killed seven civilians and two police officers, reports CNN.

Earlier on Friday morning, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said 100 people were injured in the explosion, 93 of whom have since been released from hospitals.

ISIS claimed responsibility late Friday, according to a statement circulated online by the Amaq agency which is affiliated with the terror group.

The claim conflicts with an earlier statement from Turkish authorities who blamed the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) for the attack.

The bomb, which damaged cars and nearby building facades, rocked the heavily-populated Baglar district in central Diyarbakir shortly before 8 a.m. local time, the provincial governor's office said in a statement.

A 30-year-old conflict between the Turkish state and militants from the PKK reignited more than a year ago in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast.

The deadly explosion came just hours after more than a dozen members of Parliament from a pro-Kurdish political party were detained because they failed to respond to a summons by a prosecutor, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's office.

State media reported that several politicians from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), were detained as part of a terror investigation, following raids on their homes.
 
 
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