Car bomb targets Turkish police station; several injured

ANKARA: A police station at a town near the border with Syria has been hit by a car bomb on Wednesday, Turkey's state-run news agency said. Several people were injured.

The Anadolu Agency said several ambulances have been sent to the scene of the blast in the town of Midyat, in southern Mardin province.

Television images from the scene showed thick smoke rising from the site of the attack, which seemed to have destroyed the facade of a building.

The attack comes a day after a car bomb hit a police vehicle in Istanbul, killing 11 people during the morning rush hour.

Turkey has been hit by a series of attack in the past year. Rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, have targeted police and military personnel since July, when a fragile peace process between the rebels and the government collapsed. The Islamic State group has also been blamed for a series of deadly bombings in Turkey, which is part of the US-led coalition against IS.

Mardin, where government forces are battling Kurkish militants, has endured similar attacks in the past months.

In May, three people were killed in a car bombing by Kurdish rebels against a gendarmerie station in Midyat.

In April, a soldier was killed and six others were wounded in a car bomb attack against their outpost in Mardin.