Adana explosion: At least two dead and 33 injured after car bomb attack in Turkey

The attack is believed to have been carried out by a woman with links to either Kurdish militants or Isis

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At least two people have died and 33 are injured after a car bomb exploded in southern Turkey.

The explosion took place just after 8:00am on Thursday in a car park near the government building in the city of Adana, and is believed to have been carried out by a woman with links to Kurdish militants or Isis.

Following the explosion, Omer Celik, minister in charge of European Union affairs who lives in Adana, wrote on Twitter: “This damnable terror is continuing to target our people. We will continue our struggle against terrorism until the end in the name of humanity.“

The minister later added: “The ones who target our peace and fundamental rights of our citizens will be punished in the strongest way possible within rule of law.”

The blast damaged the government building, according to Anadolu Agency, and video footage showed several cars caught fire after the explosion, with some of the wounded are reported to be in serious condition.

The attack marks the latest in a string of deadly bombings that have rocked the country for more than a year.

Earlier this month a car bomb exploded in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, killing one person and wounding around 30 other. Days later another explosion occured near a government in building in Derik, southern Turkey, in which several people were reported to have been wounded.

As with previous attacks, Turkish authorities imposed a media ban following the explosion, barring broadcast and publication of graphic images or information that might hinder the investigation.

A statement by the US Consulate urged all citizens to “avoid this area throughout the day, maintain a high level of vigilance, monitor local media for updates, and exercise caution if you are in the vicinity.”

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