Turkey: 5 students wounded in IED blast in southeast


Improvised explosive device was thrown in schoolyard in southeastern Diyarbakir province

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey – Five students were wounded on Friday after suspected PKK terrorists reportedly threw an improvised explosive device (IED) in a schoolyard in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakir’s Baglar district, said officials.

The IED exploded in Celebi Eser secondary school’s garden while students were receiving their report cards, Diyarbakir’s provincial director of national Education, Adnan Hurata, said in a statement.

The wounded students were taken to the Selahaddin Eyyubi state hospital.

Health officials said that the students’ lives were not at risk.

Hurata added that an investigation into the attack had been launched.

“This is totally barbarity,” Turkish Education Minister Nabi Avci said regarding the attack.

“We harshly condemn not only this incident, but also all terrorist actions so far,” he added.

The PKK – considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU – resumed its 30-year armed attacks against the Turkish state in July 2013.