Car bomb explodes near police station in eastern Turkey - Dogan news

A photo said to be of the scene and posted to social media.
A photo said to be of the scene and posted to social media.PHOTO: TWITTER

ANKARA (REUTERS) - A car bomb exploded near a police station in Turkey's eastern province of Van near the Iranian border on Wednesday (Aug 17), private broadcaster Dogan news agency reported.

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.

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

Turkey's mainly Kurdish south-east has been scorched with violence since a two-and-a-half-year ceasefire between the state and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party fell apart in July last year.