Photo taken on Aug. 18, 2016 shows the blast site in Turkey's southeastern province of Elazig. A car bomb detonated near a police compound in Turkey's eastern province of Elazig on Thursday morning, killing at least three and injuring over 100 others, Dogan News Agency reported. (Xinhua/Mustafa Kaya)
ANKARA, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- A car bomb detonated near a police compound in Turkey's eastern province of Elazig on Thursday morning, killing at least three and injuring over 100 others, Dogan News Agency reported.
The bombing, blamed on the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), hit the neighborhood near Elazig Police Department at 9:20 local time (1220GMT). Locals also reported hearing gunshots afterward, Daily Sabah reported.
At least three people were killed and over 100 injured in the blast, local officials told Dogan.
Early footage from the scene showed smoke rising from the area, and many buildings in the area were reportedly damaged.
Many ambulances and reinforcements of security forces were dispatched after the attack. Operations were launched to search for the attackers.
The Elazig bombing followed another blast late Wednesday, also blamed on the PKK, in Turkey's eastern province of Van, which injured at least 73 people, including 20 police.
Since July 2015, over 500 members of Turkish security forces and thousands of PKK members have been killed in confrontations inside Turkey and in northern Iraq, and more than 40,000 people have lost their lives in clashes with the PKK since 1984, when the group first started anti-government attacks.