Turkey’s Car Bomb Explosion Kills Six, Injuries 160

Turkey's car bombingMEP: Turkish officials announced at least six people were killed and some 160 injured in a car bombing in the city of Elazig.

The powerful attack took place when a car bomb hit a police station early Thursday.

Those wounded in the blast include many women and children as well as security officials.

Authorities blamed that attack on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has launched a campaign of car bombings targeting police stations or roadside bomb attacks on police vehicles. Last week, PKK commander Cemil Bayik threatened increased attacks against police in Turkish cities, Turkey’s Dogan news agency said.

Footage showed a large plume of smoke rising from the area in the immediate aftermath of the blast and extensive damage to the facade of the police station.

Mahmut Varol, the deputy mayor of Elazig, said vehicles in front of the building had been burned due to the detonation of a car bomb.

The attack came hours after a car rigged with explosives struck another police station in the Van province, killing three people and wounding 40. No group has claimed responsibility for the assault.


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