Blast in Turkish city of Adana kills two people, wounds 16

An explosion which rocked the governor’s building in the southern Turkish city of Adana killed two people and wounded another 16, provincial governor Mahmut Demirtas was cited as saying by the state-run Anadolu agency on Thursday.


Anadolu said the blast occurred in a vehicle in the car park in front of the building.

Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik described the explosion on Twitter as a “vile attack”, but there was no immediate statement from authorities on the cause of the blast. Kurdish, Islamist and leftist militants have all carried out bomb attacks in Turkey in recent years.

Video footage showed a vehicle ablaze in the car park outside the office and thick black smoke rising into the sky in the city, around 40 km (25 miles) from Turkey’s eastern Mediterranean coast.

“Damned terror continues to target our people. We will fight with this terror to the end in the name of humanity,” Celik wrote on Twitter, saying he had spoken to the Adana governor.

Ambulances were sent to the scene and the fire brigade was trying to extinguish the blaze, media reports said.