Suspected suicide bomber kills 2 in southeast Turkey

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Posted: Oct 29, 2011 8:04 AM
Suspected suicide bomber kills 2 in southeast Turkey

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber killed two people and wounded at least 10 others in Bingol, a town in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast on Saturday, police said.

The blast occurred close to the office of the ruling AK Party. Police said the suspected suicide bomber was a woman.

Turkey is fighting a long running separatist insurgency in the southeast, and the blast comes as the government is trying to provide relief to thousands of people rendered homeless by a powerful earthquake in Van, another largely Kurdish province.

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has carried out suicide attacks in southeast Turkey in the past, but it is a tactic it has rarely used in its armed campaign for Kurdish self-rule that began in 1984.

Turkey, the European Union and the United States all consider the PKK to be a terrorist organization.

(Reporting by Seyhmus Cakan; Writing by Simon Cameron-Moore; Editing by Jon Hemming)