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Blast in southeast Turkey occurred during repair of vehicle, minister says
April 11, 2017 / 9:17 AM / 8 months ago

Blast in southeast Turkey occurred during repair of vehicle, minister says

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An explosion that rocked Turkey’s southeastern city of Diyarbakir and wounded several people on Tuesday occurred during the repair of a vehicle, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

People run along a street after an explosion in a police compound in Diyarbakir, Turkey April 11 ,2017 in this still frame taken from video. REUTERS/REUTERS TV

Soylu’s comments were broadcast live by CNN Turk. A police source said the explosion appeared to have taken place in a vehicle repair section of a police compound, causing part of the roof to collapse and wounding at least four people. The Dogan news agency said one was in critical condition.

The blast comes ahead of a hotly contested referendum on Sunday on broadening President Tayyip Erdogan’s powers, a constitutional change opposed by many in the country’s predominantly Kurdish southeast.

Reporting by Daren Butler; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Dominic Evans

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