Turkish blast: Several dead as Kayseri bus hit

eople react after a bus was hit by an explosion in Kayseri, Turkey, December 17, 2016Image copyright

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Reports said the blast was caused by a car bomb

A suspected suicide car bomb in Turkey has killed 13 soldiers aboard a bus and wounded 55 more, Turkish officials say.

The blast destroyed a bus carrying soldiers who had been allowed to visit a local market. An army spokesman said civilians may also have been injured.

Images from the scene showed the bus reduced to a smouldering wreck with a massive hole punched in one side.

The explosion comes a week after 44 people were killed by a bomb attack in Istanbul claimed by Kurdish militants.

Regional governor Suleyman Kamci said that the Kayseri attack was carried out by a suicide bomber parked next to the bus.

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The bus could be seen on fire after the blast

Turkey has suffered a series of fatal bombings in 2016 at the hands of both Kurdish militants and jihadists.

Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said the attack in Kayseri was “unfortunately similar” to the attack by Kurdish militants in Istanbul.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was informed of the attack and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu was on his way to the city, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

The government has imposed a temporary black-out on coverage of the explosion.

The instruction from the prime minister’s office urged the media to refrain from publishing anything that may cause “fear in the public, panic and disorder and which may serve the aims of terrorist organizations”, the Associated Press reported.