A car bomb targeting a military vehicle in southeast Turkey
has killed an 11-year-old child and wounded 18 other people,
Turkish officials said.
The blast happened when a police special forces armoured
vehicle passed the entrance to the town of Semdinli, near
Turkey's borders with Iraq and Iran, the scene of frequent
conflict between Turkish security forces and Kurdish
Most of the wounded were believed to be passers-by, with two
reported to be in a serious condition. Police in the armoured
vehicle suffered only light wounds, Dogan news agency
"This cowardly attack was right next to a place where
weddings are held. Unfortunately there were civilian losses,"
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told a meeting of his AK Party,
announcing the death of the 11-year-old child.
Police launched a search for the perpetrators and to see if
there were any other car bombs in the area, security sources
said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The area is a focus of activity for the Kurdistan Workers
Party (PKK), which has several thousand fighters based in the
mountains of neighbouring northern Iraq.
More than 40,000 people have been killed in the PKK's
conflict with Turkey since it took up arms in 1984 with the
aim of carving out a state in the mainly Kurdish southeast of
The PKK is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United
States and European Union.