Ankara classifies Tuesday's Diyarbakir blast as terrorist act

Wed 12 April 2017 10:18 GMT | 14:18 Local Time

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Up to 10 people were killed in an explosion in a police armored-vehicle repair shop in Diyarbakir near an anti-terrorism police unit building.

An explosion that struck Turkey's southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Tuesday is a terrorist attack, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Wednesday in a reversal of his previous comments.

"The explosion in Diarbakir is a terrorist act. An underground tunnel was discovered where the explosive was laid," Soylu told the NTV broadcaster.

Up to 10 people were killed in an explosion in a police armored-vehicle repair shop in Diyarbakir near an anti-terrorism police unit building.

Soylu said Tuesday there was "no interference from the outside," claiming that the blast took place during repair works. 

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