Turkey Car Bomb Attack Kills Two Police, Wounds 35

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) -
Ruined houses and buildings are seen in Cizre, Turkey, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Turkish authorities on Wednesday scaled down a 24-hour curfew imposed on the mainly Kurdish town of Cizre in southeast Turkey, nearly three weeks after declaring the successful conclusion of military operations there. The stench of death and the smell of gunpowder rose from mounds of rubble Wednesday as residents of the Turkish town of Cizre returned to find many of their homes obliterated amid Turkey's efforts to crush Kurdish militants. At least one body was still lying inside a ruined house. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Ruined houses and buildings are seen in Cizre, Turkey, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

A car bomb and rocket attack by Kurdish terrorists killed two police officers and wounded 35 people in the southeastern Turkish province of Mardin on Friday, security sources told Reuters.

The attack was carried out around 6 a.m. local time by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) terrorists in the town of Nusaybin, near the Syrian border, they said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

A ceasefire between the PKK and the state collapsed last July and attacks on Turkey’s security forces have since increased amid a surge in violence in the predominantly Kurdish southeast that has killed hundreds of people.

Violence has also increased elsewhere in Turkey. A suicide car bombing targeting military buses in Ankara killed 29 people last month. The government said that attack was carried out by a member of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia with help from the PKK.

Turkey has also become a target for Islamic State terrorists, who are blamed for three suicide bombings – one last year in the town of Suruc near the Syrian border and another in the capital, Ankara, and one in Istanbul in January. Those attacks killed more than 140 people.

The PKK, considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, launched a separatist armed rebellion against Turkey in 1984. More than 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, have since been killed.