Truck bombing kills 11 outside police building in Cizre, Turkey
PUBLISHED Fri, August 26, 2016 - 1:21am EDT
An explosives-laden vehicle has been detonated at a checkpoint near a police building in Turkey's southeast, killing at least 11 police officers and causing extensive damage to the area, witnesses and officials say. (more)
The attack happened just after 6:40 a.m. local time on Friday when a truck bomb went off at a police checkpoint about 50 meters from the riot police unit headquarters in the town of Cizre, which is located in Sirnak province near the border with Syria.
Footage from the area showed a thick cloud of smoke rising from the scene, while other photos showed a heavily-damaged building with debris strewn across the street. It is unknown if anyone was inside the building.
The state-run Anadolu news agency confirmed that at least 11 police officers had been killed. More than 78 other people were injured, according to the country's health minister, who added that some remain critically injured. The death toll is expected to rise.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday's attack, but Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency blamed the car bombing on PKK militants.
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