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Car Bombing in Southeastern Turkey Injures 23

Turkish authorities say Kurdish rebels have detonated a car bomb in southeastern Turkey, near the border with Iraq, injuring 23 people and damaging dozens of buildings.

The provincial governor's office says the blast late Tuesday in the town of Semdinli was the work of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Following the bombing, Turkish troops set up checkpoints at the entrances to the town.

Anatolia News Agency reports that Hakkari Governor Erdogan Gurbuz says the suspects are in custody, but he did not identify them.

Turkey has repeatedly asked the United States to crack down on Kurdish rebels based in northern Iraq.

The United States and the European Union consider the PKK to be a terrorist organization.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.