Turkey: Six killed in bomb blasts near police stations

Turkish officials say at least six people have been killed and scores wounded when two car bombs exploded in the eastern part of the country.

A large explosion rocked an area near a police station in the eastern Turkish town of Elazig and three police officers were killed, Turkish media reported, hours after a car bomb killed three people elsewhere in the region.

Video footage obtained by the private Dogan news agency showed a large plume of smoke rising from the area of the blast, the cause of which was not clear.

Mahmut Varol, the deputy mayor of Elazig, said vehicles in front of the building had been burned due to the detonation of a car bomb.

“The first video coming from the scene shows that there are people injured, there are ambulances at the scene, taking the injured away,” said Al Jazeera’s Reza Sayah, reporting from Gaziantep on the Turkish-Syrian border.

“Based on the images, this was a powerful explosion. Much of the building is destroyed. We see smoke in the air and a lot of people surrounding the scene looking very distraught.”

Only hours earlier, three people, including a child, were killed and more than 70 wounded in a car bomb attack in Turkey’s eastern city of Van carried out by members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters, Turkish officials said.

The PKK attack targeted a police headquarters in the central Ipekyolu district of Van city, Mehmet Parlak, the deputy governor of Van, was quoted as saying by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency on Thursday.

Speaking to Anadolu, Zahir Soganda, the ruling AK Party’s provincial head, said that 71 people were injured.

“Among the 71 injured, three of them are in a serious condition and 17 are police officers,” Soganda said, adding that a child and a police officer were among the dead.


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