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Blast in southeast Turkey injures 13
Official: 13 injured in explosion in mostly Kurdish city in Turkey
By The Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) ' An explosion apparently targeting a police car wounded at least three officers and 10 civilians in a mostly Kurdish city of Turkey on Thursday, an official said.

The private Dogan news agency said police had to use tear gas to disperse an angry crowd that gathered at the scene of the blast in the city of Hakkari.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, but Kurdish rebels who are fighting for autonomy in the region have used roadside bombings against military and police vehicles there in the past.

Gov. Muammer Turker told Turkey's state-run news agency that the explosion occurred on a busy street in the southeastern city as the police vehicle was driving by. He said the three officers were hurt when they lost control of the vehicle after the blast.

TRT, Turkey's state-run television, said the explosion was caused by a roadside bomb targeting the police.

Kurdish rebels, who belong to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, have been branded as terrorists by the United States and the European Union.

Tens of thousands of people have died during their battle for independence since 1984.

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