Turkish bus attack: 13 off-duty soldiers killed by car bomb

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

The blast destroyed a bus carrying soldiers visiting a local market in the city of Kayseri. 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.

It comes a week after 44 people were killed in an attack in Istanbul claimed by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Regional governor Suleyman Kamci said the blast in Kayseri, in Central Anatolia, was carried out by a suicide bomber parked next to the bus near the entrance to Erciyes University.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmu said the materials used were similar to those used in Istanbul.

“All indications at present point to the PKK,” he said.

Kayseri map

President Tayyip Erdogan said that Kurdish militants were attempting to “trip up Turkey, cut its strength and have it focus its energy and forces elsewhere”.

The government imposed a temporary black-out on media coverage in the wake of the blast.

An 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.

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

People react after a bus was hit by an explosion in Kayseri, Turkey, December 17, 2016.Image copyrightREUTERS

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