An official from the Wang governor’s office, who did not want to be named, said the boy’s DNA was being tested to determine his identity. The age of the child is not specified.
Another 12 people were injured in the incident but are in good condition, the official said, adding that none of those injured were children.
Turkish forces first asked the car to stop, according to a statement released by the governor’s office on Sunday. When he continued to move, the security forces opened fire, trying to stop the car.
According to the statement, after the stop, Turkish personnel discovered that the vehicle had been used to smuggle migrants and found “40 illegal migrants” in it.
The statement said that although the forces were aimed at the wheels of the car, one person was killed by a bullet that ricocheted off the ground.
“Work is underway to capture the driver of the vehicle and the migrant smuggler who managed to escape after the incident. A judicial and administrative investigation is underway.
Kemal Tosun, who witnessed the incident, told Serbest TV in Turkey that some people in the car managed to “escape”.
Another eyewitness, Dindar Tosun, said she saw families with children among the migrants.
The authorities did not confirm the nationality of the people in the car.
Van Province is located close to Turkey’s border with Iran and serves as a transit route for migrants arriving from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia.