Explosion hits police headquarters in Turkey's Elazığ

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Baku, August 18, AZERTAC 

Three police officers were martyred in a PKK car-bomb attack on a police station Thursday in Turkey's eastern province of Elazig, security sources have said, according to Anadolu Agency.

Speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, the sources said some 100 people, including civilians, were also hurt in the attack.

The injured people, some in critical condition, are being treated in local hospitals.

The blast comes hours after two other terror attacks hit the eastern city of Van and Hakkari, a province in southeastern Turkey.

Three people, including a police officer, died in the Van attack, which also injured over 70 people.

Van Governor Ibrahim Tasyapan said PKK terrorists detonated a car bomb near a police station in the city's Ipekyolu district shortly after 11 p.m. [2000 GMT] local time.

Tasyapan said one suspect was caught during an operation launched after the attack and confirmed that many buildings in the area were damaged.

In Hakkari, two police officers were hurt in an attack by the PKK, a security source added.

The source told Anadolu Agency the officers were wounded when PKK terrorists opened fire on police headquarters in the province’s Semdinli district.

The PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU – resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in July 2015.

Since then, more than 600 security personnel have been martyred and more than 7,000 PKK terrorists have been killed.

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