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Two militants set off a bomb inside their car by a police headquarters in the central Turkish province of Kayseri on Friday, killing themselves and wounding at least 10 others, Turkey's interior minister said.
Turkish Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said security forces had followed the car from Goksun district in Kahramanmaras province to Pinarbasi - about 100 km (60 miles) -after it passed a checkpoint in the road without stopping.
Police opened fire as it passed the police headquarters in the town of Pinarbasi and the bomb went off, Sahin said. Pinarbasi lies east of the city of Kayseri, which is about 325 km (200 miles) southeast of the capital Ankara.
It was not immediately clear why police did not stop the car sooner, and Sahin said investigators did not think, as yet, that the target was the police station.
"From what can be seen inside the vehicle, there are two suicide bomber militants inside. They are of course in pieces and the car is destroyed. This is a sad event," Sahin told reporters from the Aegean city of Izmir.
"We were not expecting the terror organisation to stop. We have seen how they continue to carry out crazy acts," Sahin said, using a common term to describe the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who are waging a war against the state.
Sahin said that at least 10 people had been wounded, including children.
Turkish media earlier reported that the car had tried to drive into the police station moments before the blast and that 19 people had been wounded in the attack, six of them seriously.
State-run TRT Haber broadcaster said security forces were hunting for a third militant who had managed to escape.
A civil servant at the Pinarbasi district governor's office, said, "We heard a huge blast even though our office is 2 km away from the police station. We saw a big cloud of smoke rising but we don't know about the number of dead or injured."
"We heard that it was a car which attempted to drive into the police station and then an explosion occurred," Hasan Gumus told Reuters by telephone minutes after the explosion.
Television footage showed frantic scenes around the police station with fire engines and ambulances rushing to the scene.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Bomb attacks in Kayseri are almost unheard of with most raids occurring further east in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast.
PKK has launched a series of attacks against Turkish security forces, killing scores of people.
Speaking hours after the blast, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan vowed to continue fighting the PKK.
"The fight against the separatist terror organisation will continue with determination, as it has until now. I wish health to those who are wounded, and God's mercy for our martyrs," he told reporters in Ankara.
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