Eight people have been killed and 100 injured in a powerful explosion outside a police building in Turkey. The explosion happened in Turkey's southeastern city of Diyarbakir hours after police detained the leaders of the mostly Kurdish region's biggest political party.
The detention of a dozen MPs from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) including its co-leaders marks the "end of democracy" in Turkey, the party said in a statement.
"The goal of these measures is to shut down the third largest party in parliament.”
"This is a dark day not only for our party but for all of Turkey and the region as it means the end of democracy in Turkey," it said, vowing not to surrender to these "dictatorial policies".
The arrests will heighten concern among Western allies about a deepening crackdown on dissent under President Tayyip Erdogan and about political stability in Turkey, a NATO member and a buffer between Europe and the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The arrests, which drew swift condemnation from the European Union, come as Turkey has detained or suspended more than 110,000 officials in the wake of a failed July coup.