occurred around 11 p.m., soon after the announcement of election results, in the province of Şırnak
, near the Iraqi border. Six of the casualties, who were being treated at a nearby hospital, were seriously injured. Percussion bombs generally cause limited damage.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the blast in the mainly Kurdish
region, the scene of a 27-year-old separatist conflict.
More than 40,000 people have died in the conflict since the PKK took up arms against the state in 1984.
Kurdish independent candidates made a strong showing in the election, with 36 of them winning seats in the 550-seat assembly.