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At Least 8 People Wounded in Istanbul Car Bombing

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Police forensic experts examine a scene following a vehicle explosion near a military facility in Istanbul, Turkey, May 12, 2016. The blast came two days after PKK rebels detonated a car bomb in the mainly-Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.

Police forensic experts examine a scene following a vehicle explosion near a military facility in Istanbul, Turkey, May 12, 2016. The blast came two days after PKK rebels detonated a car bomb in the mainly-Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.

Turkish officials say a car bombing in Istanbul Thursday wounded at least eight people, a mix of soldiers and civilians.

An explosion occurred inside a parked car near a military garrison in the city’s Sancaktepe neighborhood at about 17:00 local time, when military personnel usually leave the facility.

Video footage showed flames and black smoke coming out a vehicle and also police and emergency services at the site of the blast.

The blast came just two days after Kurdish rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), detonated a car bomb close to a police vehicle in the mainly-Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, killing three people and wounding more than 40, among them at least 12 police officers.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Kurdish rebels have been attacking police and military targets since July.

Earlier this year, 29 people, most of them soldiers, were killed in Ankara when PKK militants targeted their bus in February.

In the following month, an explosion also in the Turkish capital claimed by Kurdish rebels, killed 37 people, including two bombers and a suicide bomb blast in Istanbul killed five people and wounded at least 36.

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