Scores of people have been injured in a car bomb attack on local government offices in the southeastern Turkish city of Van. It comes a day after 24 Kurdish mayors were removed from office in a crackdown mainly across the region and Turkish authorities have blamed the blast on Kurdish militants.
The explosion caused damage over a wide area in a central district of a city that has been targeted many times by the the PKK, a separatist group branded a terrorist organisation by Ankara and the EU.
The Turkish president indicated the mayor’s alleged support for the PKK was the reason for their dismissal.
“Being elected a mayor does not mean you can do anything you want,” he told reporters. “You cannot support terrorist organisations as a mayor, you don’t have such an authority.”