Turkey: PKK Attacks Leaves 3 killed, 40 wounded

Three civilians were killed and 40 others injured in a car bombing and gunfire attacks on the police headquarter in eastern Turkish province of Van on late Wednesday, Dogan News Agency reported.


The report said the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) militants carried out the attack.


The police headquarter in downtown of Van city was attacked by car bombing at around 23:00 local time (2000 GMT) on Wednesday.

Locals in the city center heard gunfire after bombing. Many ambulances and reinforcement of security forces have been sent to the scene.

So far three civilians lost their lives, 40 people including 2 police officers were injured. Blast broke windows of several buildings, while the bombing car’s parts were scattered hundreds of meters away.

The injured were mostly civilians and have been sent to local hospitals. Operations to capture the fleeing suspects have been launched.

Over 500 members of Turkish security forces and thousands of PKK members have been killed in confrontations inside Turkey and in northern Iraq since last July.

More than 40,000 people have lost their lives in clashes with the PKK since 1984, when the group first started anti-government attacks.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and Turkey.

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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