At least six people were wounded Tuesday by a bomb explosion in a neighborhood of Diyarbakir, a largely Kurdish city in southeast Turkey, police told media outlets.

The head of Diyarbakir security forces, Recep Guven, said the device made from a gas cylinder exploded as someone was handling it, though the circumstances of the incident are still being investigated, according to the online edition of the daily Hurriyet.

As a result of the detonation, six people have been hospitalized including two girls, the daily said.

Most of the victims were between 16 and 17 years old, and one of them lost a hand, the online news said, citing local witnesses.

According to the daily Sabah, the bomb exploded as it was about to be launched at a passing police car, blowing off the suspected assailant's hand. EFE