Seven soldiers were killed in a bomb attack targeting a military vehicle in downtown of the eastern province of Tunceli on Tuesday evening, media outlets reported.
A powerful explosion ravaged the Atatürk district of Tunceli at around 6 p. m. and heavy causalties were reported as many ambulances rushed to the scene of the blast, Todays Zaman reported.
The security sources said an explosive was planted by the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in a road in Atatürk district of the city. The explosive was detonated by remote control when a military vehicle passed nearby.
Injured soldiers were immediately taken to the Tunceli State Hospital. Sources said some of the injured soldiers died just after they were transferred to the hospital. However, there is no official confirmation on casualties yet.
The explosion caused a fire in the area and some of the cars in the scene were burned.
Security forces and police units were reportedly deployed in the area.
Republican People's Party (CHP) Tunceli Deputy Hüseyin Aygün said there are three shattered corpses in the hospital. He blasted on the violent methods of the PKK, saying that the explosion in downtown of the city targeted innocent people, including women and children.