An improvised explosive device (IED) detonation reportedly killed four people and wounded 13 others in Diyarbakir province on Thursday, September 12. The blast struck a minibus transporting civilians between Diyarbakir and Muş province, causing the bus to overturn and resulting in the casualties. As of Thursday, no group has claimed responsibility for the blast; however, local officials have attributed the attack to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
Similar attacks are possible in Diyarbakir province over the near term.
Turkey has been faced with a Kurdish insurgency since 1984, spearheaded by the PKK and concentrated in the southeast. The armed conflict resumed in 2015 following the dissolution of a ceasefire established between the government and the PKK in 2013. The conflict has left over 40,000 people dead since 1984 and associated violence continues to pose a significant security risk in southeastern Turkey.
Individuals in Diyarbakir are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home government.
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