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 Suicide bombers kills 2 Turkish policemen, wounds 16 outside police station 

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Suicide bombers kills 2 Turkish policemen, wounds 16 outside police station  25.5.2012  

Explosion might have been caused by suicide attack. Photo: ANF
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May 25, 2012

ANKARA, — A car bomb driven by two suspected suicide attackers exploded outside a police station in central Turkey, killing two policemen and wounding 16 people, the interior minister said. The two attackers were also killed.

The two suspects sped through a paramilitary check point and detonated the powerful bomb outside the police station in the town of Pinarbasi, in the province of Kayseri, said Idris Naim Sahin, the interior minister.

Two police officers were killed and 16 people including children of police officers staying in nearby police lodgings were wounded, Sahin said.

The vehicle was first spotted at the paramilitary check point in the neighbouring province of Kahramanmaras, some 90 kilometres (56 miles) away, when it ignored calls to stop and hit a sergeant as they escaped, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.

Police opened fire as it passed the police headquarters in the town of Pinarbasi and the bomb went off, Sahin said. Pinarbasi lies east of the city of Kayseri, which is about 325 km (200 miles) southeast of the capital Ankara.

Sahin hinted that Kurdish PKK rebels, fighting for autonomy in southeast Turkey, might have been behind the attack.

"The crazy attacks of the terrorist organization are continuing," he said, in an apparent reference to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

Private NTV television and the Dogan news agency said a policeman standing guard outside the police station opened fire at the assailants, triggering a clash with police guards outside the building. The bomb went off soon after the clashes.

Suspected Kurdish rebels have also kidnapped 10 villagers in a raid on the village of Bayirli near the southeastern town of Tunceli on Tuesday night, the state television said Friday. The motive of the kidnapping was unclear.

The PKK has several times proposed peaceful solutions regarding Kurdish problem, Turkey has always refused saying that it will not negotiate with “terrorists”.

Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous Kurdish region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by Ankara and U.S. The PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list. 

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