Turkish Police Station Attacked By Kurdish Fighters, 6 Killed

Turkish police search through the wreckage of a blast damaged building on January 14, 2016 in Diyarbakir. Six people died and 39 others were wounded in a car bomb attack blamed on Kurdish rebels that ripped through a police station and an adjacent housing complex for officers and their families in southeastern Turkey, security forces said Thursday, updating an earlier toll of five. / AFP / ILYAS AKENGIN (Photo credit should read ILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Kurdish militants launched a truck bomb attack on a police station in southeast Turkey overnight, killing six people and wounding 39 in one of the biggest strikes since conflict flared in the region last July, security officials said on Thursday.

The blast ripped the facade off the building in the small town of Cinar and caused extensive damage to the surrounding area, smashing windows, mangling shop shutters and littering the streets with debris, a Reuters witness said. The mainly Kurdish region has been hit by a surge in violence since a two-year ceasefire between the state and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) collapsed six months ago, reviving an insurgency that has killed 40,000 people over three decades.

The conflict is stretching Turkey’s security forces, which are fighting on two fronts. The latest blast follows a suicide bomb attack by a suspected Islamic State militant which killed 10 German tourists in Istanbul on Tuesday. PKK militants attacked the police station and adjoining accommodation in Cinar, south of the main regional city of Diyarbakir, at around 11:30 p.m. (2130 GMT), the provincial governor’s office said in a statement.