Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim visits wounded survivors of a car bomb attack in southeastern Turkey. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim visited wounded victims of a car bomb attack that injured 217 people and killed three people in the southeast Turkish province of Elazig on Thursday (August 18). A car bomb ripped through a police station in the city of Elazig at 9:20 a.m. (0620 GMT) as officers arrived for work. Three police officers were killed and 217 people were hurt in the attack. Yildirim hugged and reassured victims in their hospital beds, with one elderly man in the ward saying, "I will go wherever you want and do whatever you want...". Earlier, Yildirim visited the site of the first attack to see the devastation for himself. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings, but Yildirim said there was no doubt they were carried out by the PKK, deemed a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. The PKK has carried out dozens of attacks on police and military posts since 2015 in the largely Kurdish southeast in its fight for greater autonomy for Turkey's 15 million Kurds. The southeast has been scorched by violence since a two and a half year ceasefire with the PKK collapsed in July last year. Thousands of militants and hundreds of soldiers and police officers have been killed, according to official figures. Rights groups say about 400 civilians have also been killed. More than 40,000 people have been killed in violence since the PKK first took up arms in 1984