3 killed, 71 injured in car bomb attack on Turkish police station near Iranian border
The blast apparently targeted Iki Nisan police station in the central Ipekyolu district in the city of Van. Witnesses also reported gunfire in the area following the explosion, according to media reports.
Van'da bomba yüklü araç 2 Nisan Polisevi önünde patladı, onlarca yaralı var. 3 sivilin öldüğü söyleniyor. pic.twitter.com/HdqPIw7Gyg— Halk Gerçeği (@HalkGercegi4) August 17, 2016
Ambulances rushed to the scene to transport the wounded to a local hospital.
“Among the 71 injured, three of them are in a serious condition and 17 are police officers," ruling AK Party's provincial head Zahir Soganda told Anadolu Agency. Soganda also added that a child was among the dead.
Three people were killed in the blast, according to preliminary estimates, Van’s Office of the Governor said in a statement.
SON DAKİKA— Özgür Pazarcık (@ozgurpazarcik01) August 17, 2016
Van'da 2 Nisan Polis karakolun son hali...Çok sayıda yaralı olduğu belirtiliyor. pic.twitter.com/IAi30FADb3
The statement added that the injured are being treated at a nearest hospital, while security forces have launched an operation to “arrest members of the separatist terrorist organization”.
Although no one has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, Turkish media pinned the blame on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is known to have targeted police and military installations in the past in its ongoing confrontation with Ankara.