Monday 26 September 2016

Suicide car bombing kills three people at police HQ near Syrian border - Turkey PM

Published 08/06/2016 | 11:38

A man sits in front of a damaged shop near the scene of Tuesday's car bomb attack on a police bus, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
A man sits in front of a damaged shop near the scene of Tuesday's car bomb attack on a police bus, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
A man walks past by a damaged shop near the scene of Tuesday's car bomb attack on a police bus, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
A building is seen covered and decorated with a Turkish flag after Tuesday's car bomb attack on a police bus, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
Men sit in front of their damaged shops near the scene of Tuesday's car bomb attack on a police bus, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

A suicide car bombing targeting a police headquarters near the border with Syria has killed a police officer and two other people, Turkey's prime minister said.

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Binali Yildirim told reporters in Istanbul on Wednesday that the attack was carried out by the outlawed Kurdish rebel group, Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. Some 30 other people were wounded.

Mr Yildirim said concrete barriers and other security measures in place at the police headquarters in the town of Midyat, in Mardin province, had prevented a greater loss of life.

The explosion occurred on a main street, lined with cafeterias, shops and banks.

A man walks past by a damaged shop near the scene of Tuesday's car bomb attack on a police bus, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
A man walks past by a damaged shop near the scene of Tuesday's car bomb attack on a police bus, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Television images from the scene showed thick smoke rising from the site of the attack, which seemed to have destroyed the facade of a building.

Dogan said the attack was a suicide car bombing carried out with a van laden with a half-ton of explosives. The van exploded after slamming into protective concrete blocks placed around the headquarters, the agency reported.

The attack came a day after a car bomb hit a police vehicle in Istanbul, killing 11 people during the morning rush hour and took place as funerals for the victims were under way. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Turkey has been hit by a series of attack in the past year. Rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, have targeted police and military personnel since July, when a fragile peace process between the rebels and the government collapsed.

A building is seen covered and decorated with a Turkish flag after Tuesday's car bomb attack on a police bus, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
A building is seen covered and decorated with a Turkish flag after Tuesday's car bomb attack on a police bus, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

The Islamic State group has also been blamed for a series of deadly bombings in Turkey, which is part of the US-led coalition against IS.

Mardin, where government forces are battling Kurkish militants, has endured similar attacks in the past months.

In May, three people were killed in a car bombing by Kurdish rebels against a gendarmerie station in Midyat.

In April, a soldier was killed and six others were wounded in a car bomb attack against their outpost in Mardin.

Men sit in front of their damaged shops near the scene of Tuesday's car bomb attack on a police bus, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
Men sit in front of their damaged shops near the scene of Tuesday's car bomb attack on a police bus, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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