Turkey’s interior minister reverses course, classifies Diyarbakir blast as terrorist act

An explosion that struck Turkey’s southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Tuesday is a ‘terrorist attack’, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Wednesday in a reversal of his previous comments.

“The explosion in Diyarbakir is a terrorist act. An underground tunnel was discovered where the explosive was laid,” Soylu told Turkey’s NTV broadcaster.

Three people have been confirmed killed in an explosion in a police armoured-vehicle repair shop in Diyarbakir near an anti-terrorism police unit building.

PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) militants carried out an attack against the same police headquarters last year, killing two police officers.

Soylu said Tuesday there was “no interference from the outside,” originally claiming that the blast took place during repair works.