Explosion rocks southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir: witness

Tue 11 April 2017 08:37 GMT | 12:37 Local Time

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An explosion rocked the city of Diyarbakir in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast on Tuesday, sending a large plume of gray smoke rising over surrounding buildings, a Reuters witness said.

Several people were wounded in the blast and ambulances rushed to the scene, security sources said. The cause of the explosion, which comes days ahead of a referendum on broadening President Tayyip Erdogan's powers, was not immediately clear.

The explosion was in the central, largely residential district of Baglar, where a car bombing by suspected Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants wounded scores of people last November.

Diyarbakir is the largest city in Turkey's southeast, where the PKK has fought an insurgency against the state for more than three decades to press demands for Kurdish autonomy.

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