At Least 6 Killed, over 120 Wounded in Car Bomb Attack Southeast of Turkey


At least six people were killed and over 120 were injured after two car bombs targeting police stations exploded in Turkey.

A car bombing attack on a police station in the Eastern province of Van killed a police officer and two civilians as dozens of other people, including some 20 police officers, were wounded, Indian Express said.

The attack targeted a police headquarters in the central Ipekyolu district of Van city, Van governorate official Mehmet Parlak was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency, blaming the PKK militant group.

Hours later, another car bombing hit police headquarters in the Eastern Turkish city of Elazig, killing at least three police office officers and wounding close to 100 people, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.

The attack comes a few days after six people were killed when a car bomb was detonated in Diyarbakir city located in South East Turkey. Two civilians and four police officers were among the dead. The Turkish authorities blamed the PKK for the attack.

Anadolu said that after the bombing police were sent to the scene, identifying a militant named MO suspected of bringing the car bomb in front of the police station. He had been wounded and was detained and taken to the main police headquarters in Van city for questioning, it said.

Turkey has been the target of numerous attacks by the PKK militant outfit. PKK has been involved in clashes against the Turkish military since the collapse of a ceasefire in 2015. But Van, a city with a mixed Kurdish and Turkish population and a popular tourist destination, has generally been spared the worst of attacks like those seen in the nearby city of Diyarbakir.