A Turkish official says a car bombing by Kurdish rebels against a gendarmerie station near the Syrian border has killed three people.

The official said the attack in the town of Midyat, in Mardin province, killed two government-employed village guards and a junior officer. The station chief was seriously wounded.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations.

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, has waged a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state in a conflict that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. A cease-fire between the sides collapsed last summer leading to a surge of violence, including PKK bomb attacks against police and military personnel and large-scale military operations to flush out the rebels.

Turkish warplanes regularly raid PKK bases in northern Iraq.