Kurdish militants claim responsibility for Diyarbakir tunnel attack

A large explosion hit Turkey's mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on Tuesday, injuring at least four people, media reports said.

As per sources, the explosion has appeared to be taken place in a vehicle fix shop of a police compound. "An explosion happened during repairs to vehicles", Soylu was quoted as saying by the private NTV television.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Diyarbakir Governor to obtain information about the explosion, local daily Hurriyet reported.

Firefighters and rescue workers work at the site after an explosion in Diyarbakir, Turkey, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. It said one person had died in hospital and the cause of the blast was unknown. Militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have previously carried out attacks in the southeastern region.

At first, officials thought the blast was related to the fix of an armored vehicle, but later determined it was a "terror incident", Soylu said. Another 172 people "thought to be in relation with terrorists" were also detained, the statement said without giving details. "They carried it out with a tunnel dug from outside (the police station)". The operation came after counter-terrorism police received intelligence of potential attacks by PKK suspects who were reportedly preparing for attacks in city centers after receiving training in rural areas.

PKK is designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.

Turkey faces multiple security threats, including from Islamic State and Kurdish militants.

  • Jon Douglas