Eight people were killed, including two police, and over 100 wounded in a car bombing by Kurdish militants in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Friday, updating an earlier toll.

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The blast, which Yildirim said was carried out by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), targeted a police headquarters hours after top Kurdish politicians were detained in an unprecedented police crackdown.

Turkish police had earlier detained almost a dozen MPs from PKK, the country's main pro-Kurdish party, including its two co-leaders, AFP reported.  The bombing took place during the court proceedings, outside a police station nearby in the Baglar district of Diyarbakir, Turkey's main majority Kurdish city.

Violence has escalated in the 15 months since the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) called off a two-year ceasefire, and the arrest of Diyarbakir Mayor Gultan Kisanak and her co-mayor Firat Anli late on Tuesday on terrorism charges has caused further resentment, Reuters reported last week. 

(With inputs from AFP and Reuters)

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