Large blast rocks eastern Turkey, several wounded

August 18, 2016 09:52

ISTANBUL - A large explosion shook an area near a police station in the eastern Turkish town of Elazig on Thursday and several people were wounded, the Dogan news agency reported, hours after a car bomb killed three people and wounded 40 elsewhere in the region.

Dogan video footage showed a large plume of smoke rising from the area of the blast, the cause of which was not clear. Kurdish militants have carried out frequent bomb attacks in southeast Turkey in recent months although Elazig has not been an area of significant conflict.

On Wednesday, three people were killed and 40 were wounded when a car bomb exploded near a police station in the eastern province of Van near the Iranian border on Wednesday, state broadcaster TRT said, citing the local governor.

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