US condemns terrorist attacks in Diyarbakir and Mardin

US condemns terrorist attacks in Diyarbakir and Mardin

The United States strongly condemned the latest attacks in southeast Turkey, which killed nine civilians.

"We are in close touch with Turkish authorities and reaffirm our commitment to work together with Turkey to confront the scourge of terrorism," White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

Bomb blasts in two cities in southeast Turkey killed nine civilians and wounded dozens on Wednesday. Four civilians were killed when roadside explosives were detonated by remote control near a hospital in the town of Kiziltepe in Mardin province, in an attack that targeted a bus carrying police, the sources said.

In the region's largest city, Diyarbakir, five civilians were killed in a car bomb attack apparently targeting police, the sources said, adding that 12 people were wounded in that attack, including five police officers.