Two police officers were killed in a suspected Islamic State bomb attack on the front gate of the police headquarters in Turkey’s southeastern province of Gaziantep early Sunday, Gov. Ali Yerlikaya said.
At least nine policemen and four civilians were injured in the suspected car bomb attack.
Private broadcaster CNN Türk reported that the blast occurred in front of the barriers of the headquarters.
Footage from CNN Turk broadcaster showed pieces of a wrecked vehicle near the station gates and several ambulances and fire brigade trucks at the scene of the blast, which it said was felt from kilometers away.
Agencies said gunshots were heard after the blast.
One of the main cities of Turkey’s southeast, Gaziantep has a population of around 1.5 million and is also a major hub for refugees who have fled the war in neighbouring Syria.
The attack comes with Turkey on edge after two deadly attacks in Istanbul this year blamed on jihadists and a pair of attacks in Ankara that were claimed by Kurdish militants and killed dozens.
In another incident, three Turkish soldiers were killed and 14 others were wounded on Sunday in an armed attack by Kurdish militants during a military operation in the southeastern town of Nusaybin, Turkey’s army said in a statement.
Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast has been hit by waves of violence in clashes between government security forces and members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) after a ceasefire fell apart last July.