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A car bomb Monday injured nine people in Tunceli province, a mostly Kurdish province in eastern Turkey, in the latest such blast amid the ongoing unrest in the country.

The explosion took place outside a court house in Ovacik district, CNN Turk reported.

The eastern and south-eastern regions of Turkey are experiencing daily clashes between security forces and Kurdish fighters, after a ceasefire and peace talks broke down last year. The government has ruled out a return to negotiations.

Meanwhile, the shadowy, hardline Kurdistan Freedom Falcons group (TAK), which claimed a car bombing last week in Istanbul that killed 11 people, including six police officers, said it was a suicide bomber who carried out the attack.

In a statement, TAK said the attacker was a woman born in 1984 in Diyarbakir, south-eastern Turkey, adding that she had been part of the Kurdish nationalist movement since 2005 and giving her the nom de guerre Eylem Newroz.

The state and Kurdish militants have been fighting for more than three decades, leaving tens of thousands dead. Many Kurdish citizens complain of discrimination and want more autonomy for the south-east.

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