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Bomb blast leaves 8 dead in Turkey following arrest of pro-Kurdish leaders

A bomb blast near a police station rocked the Turkish city of Diyarbakir, reportedly leaving eight people dead, including two policemen. The explosion came just hours after the government arrested a dozen members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the latest phase of its clampdown on those involved in July’s failed coup.

According to AP, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that eight people were killed in the blast, which struck at 8 a.m. local time Friday (1 a.m. ET) in the central district of Baglar. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said both police and civilians were killed in the attack. Hundreds of people were injured. – READ MORE