At least 7 killed in southeast Turkey bombing, source says

August 20, 2012 21:40

ISTANBUL - At least seven people were killed and dozens wounded when a car bomb exploded close to a police station in the southeastern Turkish town of Gaziantep on Monday, a security source said.

The explosion was caused by a remote-controlled car bomb, Turkey's Dogan news agency quoted Gaziantep's governor Erdal Ata as saying.

Turkey has opened a center in Gaziantep to receive international aid for Syrian refugees fleeing the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad. Turkey is struggling to cope with an influx of almost 70,000 Syrian refugees.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but southeastern Turkey has seen frequent attacks by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union. The group launched a separatist insurgency in the region 28 years ago.

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