Turkey Blast: Eight killed, over 100 injured after pro-Kurdish leaders Demirtas and Yuksekdag arrest
Turkish joint leaders of pro-Kurdish opposition party, People's Democracy (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas (L) and Figen Yuksekdag have been detained alongside with at least Eight other MPs in Diyarbakir.
Demirtas and Yuksekdag are accused of spreading propaganda for militants fighting the Turkish state. Hours after Mr Demirtas was arrested in Diyarbakir, a car bomb killed eight, and injured atleast 100 persons.
According to the government, they were detained for failing to respond with a counter-terrorism investigation, which the two leaders vowed to boycott in June, and issued for the arrest of two other HDP MPs currently abroad.
Militants have been fighting for years to achieve independence for the Kurds, Turkey's biggest ethnic minority. Turkey remains under a state of emergency that was imposed after a failed military coup in July.
The emergency allows President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his cabinet to bypass parliament when drafting new laws and to restrict or suspend rights and freedoms.
This is a major escalation of a clampdown that has seen Kurdish media closed down and the mayor of Diyarbakir arrested.