ANKARA: Turkish police found a bomb-laden car parked near a government office in the Hani district of the southeastern province of Diyarbakir on Thursday night, China’s Xinhua news agency reported, citing Dogan News Agency report Friday.
The bomb disposal experts defused the explosives inside the car that was later taken to a police station.
The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) on Thursday claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack in Turkey’s capital Ankara that killed 37 on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Diyarbakir governor’s office approved a Nevruz celebration in the city, while festivities planned in other provinces in the country’s eastern and southeastern were banned due to security reasons.
Nevruz marks the first day of spring and is celebrated across much of central Asia on March 21. Diyarbakir has been a focal point of conflict between Turkey’s government and its Kurdish population.
Turkey has recently stepped up efforts with ground operations to fight the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) in the southeast, specially in Sur district of Diyarbakir province and Idil district of Sirnak province.