Twenty hurt by car bomb near police station in eastern Turkey

A woman hold the hand of a child as she walks past a damaged van, after a curfew was lifted, following clashes between Turkish forces and militants of the PKK in the Kurdish-majority city of Cizre, in southeastern Turkey, on September 12, 2015. (AFP)

Twenty people were wounded when a car bomb exploded near a police station and barracks in Turkey’s eastern province of Van near the Iranian border on Wednesday, Dogan news agency said.

Many police and ambulances were seen rushing to the scene, Dogan said. The blast targeted a station that also serves as a police barracks, it said.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, speaking live on television from Ankara, confirmed there had been an attack on a police station in Van but did not elaborate.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack. Kurdish militants frequently target police stations and other security force outposts with car bombs.

Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast has been scorched by violence since a 2-1/2-year ceasefire between the state and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party fell apart in July last year.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49