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The Latest: Explosion near ruling party HQ in eastern Turkey

Posted September 12

— The Latest on the car bombing at a police checkpoint in eastern Turkey (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

Turkey's state-run news agency is reporting that a car-bombing at a police checkpoint has wounded 48 people near the ruling party headquarters in the eastern Turkish city of Van.

The Anadolu news agency quoted a statement by the governor's office that said 46 of the wounded were civilians, and the two others were police officers.

The explosion occurred Monday around 10:50 a.m. local time on the first day of Eid al-Adha, an Islamic holiday.

Van Police Chief Suat Ekici earlier told Anadolu two of the wounded were in critical condition.

The private Dogan news agency said an explosives-laden vehicle was detonated about 200 meters (650 feet) from the governor's office in a commercial district where the AKP municipal offices are located.

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Turkey's state-run news agency says several people have been injured by an explosion near the ruling party headquarters and the governor's office in the eastern province of Van.

The Anadolu agency said the explosion occurred Monday morning on the first day of Eid al-Adha, an Islamic holiday.

Burhan Kayaturk, a member of parliament from the ruling AKP party, told private channel HaberTurk that there are 11 wounded.

Ambulances have rushed the wounded to nearby hospitals and many police and firetrucks have been dispatched to the area.

Turkey has suffered a string of attacks in recent months from both Kurdish militants linked with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK as well as from the Islamic State, resulting in dozens of casualties.

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