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8 killed in twin bomb blasts in Turkey

By Shawn Price
Turkish demonstrators protest the Kurdish PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), a militant group based in Northern Iraq on the Turkish border, near the White House before Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with U.S. President George W. Bush in Washington on November 5, 2007. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg) | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/b5ab24abad22411bffb69712c538152d/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Turkish demonstrators protest the Kurdish PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), a militant group based in Northern Iraq on the Turkish border, near the White House before Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with U.S. President George W. Bush in Washington on November 5, 2007. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg) | License Photo

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- At least eight people have been killed and dozens injured in twin bomb blasts Wednesday in southern Turkey, an official said.

The bombings took place almost simultaneously in Kiziltepe and Diyarbakir. A senior government official said Kurdish PKK militants are believed to be behind the bombings.

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The Kiziltepe bombing struck a police bus in front of Mardin State Hospital, on the Turkish-Syrian border, killing three people and injuring at least 30. Five of the injured were children.

The Diyarbakir bombing hit a bridge, killing five people and injuring at least 12 people and perhaps as many as 30 others.

The PKK began its rebellion in 1984, on the grounds the Turkish government had inflicted longstanding and often violent oppression upon Kurds in the country. A ceasefire was broken last year, with attacks between the government and PKK leaving hundreds dead.

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