A suspected suicide bomber in southeast Turkey killed two people and wounded around a dozen others in Bingol, a town in the mainly Kurdish region on Saturday, police said.

The blast occurred at a tea house close to the office of the ruling AK Party at around 1.20 p.m. (11:20 a.m. British time), Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin told a news conference.

Police said the suspected suicide bomber was a woman.

Turkey is fighting a long-running separatist insurgency in the southeast, and the blast comes as the government is trying to provide relief to thousands of people rendered homeless by a powerful earthquake in Van, another largely Kurdish province.

Sahin was addressing a news conference in Van, where he is part of the team overseeing relief work. Meanwhile, police clashed with scores of stone-throwing youths in Diyarbakir, the main city in the south-east.

The military mounted operations more than a week ago against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants on the border with northern Iraq, after 24 soldiers were killed in simultaneous attacks on their posts in Hakkari, the most southeasterly province.

The PKK has carried out suicide attacks in southeast Turkey during its armed campaign for Kurdish self-rule, but splinter groups have often claimed responsibility for such attacks in recent years.

Turkey, the European Union and the United States list the PKK as a terrorist organisation. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict, since the PKK launched its bloody campaign in 1984.

(Reporting by Seyhmus Cakan; Writing by Simon Cameron-Moore; Editing by Sophie Hares)