5 hurt in attack on military vehicle in eastern Turkey

The bodies of five migrants were recovered and 534 others were saved on Thursday following an array of rescue operations in the Mediterranean sea

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Friday (Aug 19) claimed a vehicle bomb attack targeting police in eastern Turkey that killed five people and injured over 200. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that 14 of the wounded remain in critical condition and the casualty number is expected to increase due to severe injuries.

Turkish leaders on Thursday accused the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) of waging three attacks in less than 24 hours that for the first time struck areas in the east that are not predominantly Kurdish.

The United States should extradite Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish citizen, as is allowed under an existing treaty ("Turkey asks USA officials to hold Pa. cleric", Sunday).

Video footage showed a plume of black smoke rising above the city after the blast, which uprooted trees and gouged a large crater outside the police complex, which is situated on a busy thoroughfare in the city of 420,000 people.

Speaking in Ankara, Erdogan said Turkey was jointly attacked by various organizations who he said were in close contact with each other and were "acting under the same motivations even if they have different names".

Among those plucked from the seas were children as young as three
Among those plucked from the seas were children as young as three

Violence flared again past year between Kurdish rebels and government forces, shattering a 2013 ceasefire reached after secret talks between PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan and the Turkish state. Dozens of other people, including some 20 police officers, were wounded, officials said.

More than 600 members of the Turkish security forces have been killed in PKK attacks since the ceasefire collapsed, according to a toll given by Anadolu on July 31.

On Wednesday, a policeman and two civilians were killed in an attack by members of the same terrorist organisation using a auto bomb. Rights groups say about 400 civilians have also been killed.

It was revealed that Vice President Joe Biden will continue his plans of visiting Ankara to reaffirm the U.S.'s commitment to supporting Turkey amid the turmoil.

He also prayed for the speedy and full recovery of those injured.

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