Eleven police officers have died and 78 others injured in a car bombing in south-east Turkey.

Kurdish militants are being blamed for the attack.

A police checkpoint, around 50 metres from a main police station near the town of Cizre, in the mainly-Kurdish Sirnak province that borders Syria was attacked with an explosive laden truck. Television pictures showed black smoke rising from the mangled truck. The three-storey police station was gutted from the powerful explosion.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which was the latest in a string of bombings targeting police or military vehicles and installations, however authorities have blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).