ELAZIG , Turkey, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A car bomb exploded in eastern Turkey on Thursday, killing three police officers and injuring another 85.
The government of Turkey is blaming the attack on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party and has banned all news reports about the attack.
The attack on the police headquarters in Elazig, a city of about 350,000 in eastern Elazig province, killed at least three police officers and injured 85 police officers and 60 civilians. The Turkish Health Ministry reported that many of the injured were in critical condition. The bomb destroyed the four-story headquarters.
Earlier, a handmade bomb thrown at a military convoy killed three military members and injured six civilians in Biltis, hours after three people, including a police officer, died in a car bomb attack in the city of Van.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirum said the attacks Thursday are an indication the PKK (the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, founded in 1978 as a socialist revolutionary organization) is weakening and resorting to suicide bombings.
“Terror will not take over Turkey,” Yıldırım said. “The terrorist organization has lost its chain of command. It is staging suicide attacks wherever it can. Elazig won’t collapse with this attack. The terrorist organization won’t find the right to live anywhere. We have raised the alarm level.”