Turkey blast targeted ruling party offices, 11 wounded

ISTANBUL: A large explosion on Monday that rocked the city of Van in Turkey's restive southeast targeted the provincial offices of the ruling AK Party and wounded 11 people, an AKP lawmaker told broadcaster CNN Turk.

There were no fatalities, parliamentarian Burhan Kayaturk also told CNN Turk in comments broadcast live. He said the AKP building was well-secured and did not suffer much damage.

Explosion hits eastern Turkish city of Van

ISTANBUL: An explosion struck a central district in the city of Van in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast on Monday, and ambulances were dispatched to the area, but it was not immediately clear how many people were hurt, Dogan News Agency said.

A Dogan reporter told broadcaster CNN Turk he saw wounded at the scene. The channel showed footage of smoke rising from a building and firefighters spraying a hose to extinguish a fire.

Neither Dogan nor CNN Turk were able to provide a figure for the wounded. Turkey's restive southeast has suffered from bombings and other attacks after the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) abandoned a ceasefire in 2015.