Turkish cultural centre in Stockholm hit by explosion on same day Ankara suffers major bomb attack

No one is thought to have been injured, but police say the force blew out all the windows in the building

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An explosion has severely damaged part of a building that houses a Turkish cultural association in Stockholm. 

Swedish police said all the windows of the centre were blown out and technicians were on site investigating.

No one was inside at the time of the blast in the basement of the building in Fittja, southwest Stockholm. 

A police spokesman said: "No one was inside. No one was injured. It had been locked since earlier in the evening."

There have been no arrests and currently no suspects, he added. 

Last week a 52-year-old man was shot while taking part in a pro-Kurdish demonstration in Fittja. The attacker opened fire on protesters while reportedly shouting 'long live Daesh (Isis)' from a black Audi before fleeing.

It comes as 28 people were killed and 61 more were wounded in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, when a car laden with explosives detonated next to military buses near the armed forces’ headquarters, parliament and other government buildings. 

A statement from the armed forces said a bus carrying military personnel was targeted when it stopped at a set of traffic lights outside army barracks in the centre of the city. 

Deputy Prime Minister, Numan Kurtulmus, said the explosion had been caused by a car bomb and seven prosecutors had been assigned to investigate the "well-planned" attack.

A Turkish security official said "early signs" indicated the attack had been carried out by the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), but no other source has confirmed this. 

The PKK has carried out several attacks on Turkey since peace talks broke down with President Recep Tayyip Erodgan's government last June.

But government troops have waged an increasing assault on Kurdish forces in the south-west and shelled their strongholds over the border with Syria. 

Mr Erdogan has been criticised for using the conflict with the PKK to tarnish the reputation of the People's Democratic Party (HDP), the pro-Kurdish opposition which sits in the Turkish parliament, by association.