Turkish official dies of wounds a day after attack

AP News
Posted: Nov 11, 2016 2:14 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says an official has died of wounds sustained in an attack by Kurdish militants on a government building in southeastern Turkey.

The Anadolu Agency said Fatih Safiturk, the district governor of the town of Derik, died in a hospital Friday.

Safiturk and two others were wounded Thursday when assailants attacked his office, near the border with Syria, with an improvised explosive device. Authorities blamed the attack on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which has waged a three-decade-long insurgency against the Turkish state and is considered a terror organization by Turkey and its Western allies.

Kurdish militants, however, haven't immediately claimed responsibility.

A fragile peace process between the government and the PKK broke down last year, leading to renewed violence in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeastern region.