Eight wounded in explosion in southeast Turkey

Eight Turkish police officers were wounded on Friday when a bomb exploded in a roadside vehicle as their minibus passed on a highway in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir, security sources said as quoted by Reuters.

“Our colleagues have only been sent to the hospital for monitoring. Seven of them have already been discharged, and two are still under observation but with no life-threatening injuries,” Diyarbakir Governor Ali Ihsan Su told reporters at the scene.

The Interior Ministry said two people had been detained and were believed to be the perpetrators of the blast that occurred near a livestock market some 10 km (6 miles) south of the center of Diyarbakir, the largest city in the region.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Kurdish, leftist, and Islamist militants have all carried out bomb attacks in Turkey in the past.