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1 killed, 18 wounded in bomb attack in Turkey
Sunday - 11/4/2012, 12:22pm EST
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's leader says Kurdish rebels have detonated a car bomb in southeast Turkey, killing an 11-year-old child and wounding 18 other people.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the explosion occurred Sunday as an armored police vehicle was traveling on a road in the town of Semdinli, near the border with Iraq. The bomb went off close to a wedding celebration.
Erdogan blamed the attack on the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which is fighting for self-rule in Turkey's southeast and is active in Semdinli.
The attack comes amid a surge in violence by the rebels in recent months. Hundreds of Kurdish inmates are on a hunger strike to demand increased rights for Kurds.
Tens of thousands of people have been killed since the PKK took up arms in 1984.
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