Explosion hits eastern Turkish city of Van

  • 12/09/2016
(Reuters / file)
(Reuters / file)

Kurdish militants were responsible for a car bomb that ripped through a central district of the city of Van in Turkey's restive southeast, injuring 19, security sources say.

There were no deaths in the attack, which the security sources have blamed on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a militant group that has carried out car bomb attacks in the southeast and the capital Ankara this year.

The attack targeted the ruling AK Party's local offices, a lawmaker from the grouping told broadcaster CNN Turk. Of the 19 wounded, two were police officers, the governor's office said.

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 the Islamic State, resulting in dozens of casualties.