Blast in east Turkey wounds 50 on 1st day of Eid

The blast took place in the heart of Van, between the ruling AKP’s offices and those of the governor, Anadolu added, without giving an exact number of the injured. (via Google Maps)

A car-bombing at a police checkpoint on Monday wounded 50 people near the ruling party headquarters in the eastern Turkish city of Van, the governor’s office said.

The state-run Anadolu news agency quoted a statement by the governor’s office which said 46 of the wounded were civilians, and the four others were police officers.

Van Police Chief Suat Ekici earlier told Anadolu two of the wounded were in critical condition but did not say whether they were police officers or civilians.

The explosion occurred Monday around 10:50 a.m. local time on the first day of Eid al-Adha, an Islamic holiday.

The private Dogan news agency said an explosives-laden vehicle was detonated about 200 meters (650 feet) from the governor's office in a commercial district where the AKP municipal offices are located.

Turkey has suffered a string of attacks in recent months from both Kurdish militants linked with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK as well as from ISIS group, resulting in dozens of casualties. The PKK is listed a terror group by Turkey and its Western allies.

The attack came a day after Ankara replaced 28 elected mayors with appointees, mostly in the Kurdish dominated east of the country.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48