Car bomb (illustration)
Car bomb (illustration) Flash 90

Three people were killed and 40 were wounded when a car bomb exploded near a police station in Turkey's eastern province of Van near the Iranian border on Wednesday night, Reuters reported, citing state broadcaster TRT.

Police and ambulances were seen rushing to the scene of the explosion, the report said, citing the privately owned Dogan news agency.

The station also serves as a police barracks, TRT said. It was not immediately clear how many police and civilians were among the dead and wounded.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on live television there had been an attack on a police station in Van but did not elaborate.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, noted Reuters, but Kurdish militants frequently target police stations and other security force outposts with car bombs.

Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast has been scorched by violence since a two-and-a-half-year ceasefire between the state and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party fell apart in July last year.

Turkey has also been targeted by the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group on several occasions. A notable recent ISIS attack targeted the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul in late June, killing 41 people and wounding hundreds more.

Turkey has long been accused by Syrian opposition activists, Kurdish fighters and sometimes even Western partners of allowing ISIS members to slip back and forth across its 911-kilometer (566-mile) frontier with Syria.

It was also revealed in documents seized in July that Ankara cooperated with ISIS by taking part in ISIS's cross-border black market oil sales. Turkey denies this.