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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

At Least 10 Dead in Turkish Blast

ISTANBUL -- A bomb killed at least 10 people, including 7 children, in the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on Tuesday night. Turkish authorities said Wednesday that the powerful, homemade device exploded as it was being transported.

The information adds to suspicions that the bombing may have been a mistake, and that the device was intended for a different target.

The bomb, which ripped through the largest Kurdish city in Turkey's restive southeast Tuesday night, was seen as a relatively unusual attack because it was against civilians in a Kurdish area.

Kurdish rebel groups are active in the region and carry out frequent bombings across Turkey, but usually focus their attacks in the southeast on government and military targets.

"The bomb was made by hand, placed in a thermos and went off as it was being transported," the Diyarbakir governor's office said Wednesday. Authorities named no clear suspects for the blast. There was no information on who was carrying the bomb and officials have not yet identified all the victims.

The bombing was the deadliest in Turkey since 2003, when an al-Qaida suicide attack in Istanbul killed 58 people.

Kurdish rebels have escalated their attacks recently, killing 91 soldiers and killing or injuring 472 civilians so far this year, according to the Foreign Ministry.