Scores of people were wounded when suspected Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb near government offices in the southeastern city of Van on Monday, following a crackdown on mayors in Kurdish-run municipalities. Mana Rabiee reports.
The blast hit close to the provincial governor's office, targeting the ruling AK party of President Tayyip Erdogan. It ripped through the city center, setting buildings and cars on fire. No one was killed but police say 27 people were wounded. No one took immediate responsibility but security sources blame the militant Kurdistan Worker's Party, or PKK, and have launched an operation to pursue suspected militants. This is the latest in a series of attacks in the region since 2015, when the PKK, which has been fighting for Kurdish autonomy for decades, abandoned a ceasefire. It comes one day after the government removed 24 mayors in the region for suspected ties to the PKK - a move the pro-Kurdish opposition says was an illegal "administrative coup".