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At least 10 hurt in blast in southern Turkey: Reports

The blast took place at a car park in an office building. (Representative image) Photograph: (AFP)

WION Ankara, Turkey Oct 25, 2016, 09.37 AM (IST)

An explosion in the parking lot of an office in Turkey's Antalya left at least 10 people wounded, media reports stated. 

TV images also showed a wrecked, burned-out car and smashed glass nearby. At least four cars nearby were also damaged, Dogan news agency said. It also reported that five ambulances were spotted outside the building.

The blast occurred at the Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry building at 8.50am (0550 GMT), AFP reported. 

City mayor Menderes Turel Turel told CNN Turk channel that investigations were on but it was "too early" to make assumptions about the cause of the blast. He also clarified that the blast may not have been a terrorist attack and that one must wait for "official information" before forming any conclusion.

Turel told broadcaster NTV that "10 to 12 people were slightly injured by flying glass" in the explosion. 

The incident occurred 11 days after three rockets hit a roadside fishmonger in the popular tourist region, but without causing casualties.

Turkey has suffered a series of attacks in the last one year believed to have been caused by Islamic State jihadists and Kurdish militants.

In August, a suicide bomber killed at least 50 people in an attack on a wedding party in the southeastern city of Gaziantep. The same month, two rockets hit a commercial facility near a resort town in the province of Antalya, but no casualties were reported.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
 

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