Explosion hits southeastern Turkey: casualties reported

A bomb blasted in Viransehir, Sanliurfa

An explosion has hit the southeastern Sanliurfa province of Turkey, Turkish media reported.

Dogan News Agency (DHA) reported that the explosion occurred late on Friday near the lodgings of judges and prosecuters in the town of Viransehir, in Sanliurfa province, which borders Syria.

Turkish cities and towns such as Ankara, Istanbul and another town of Sanliurfa, Suruc have all been hit in a series of attacks in the past years. In 2016, 298 people were killed and thousands of people were injured in 17 different explosions across Turkey.

The cause of the blast is still unclear but a three-year-old child’s [update: 11-year-old] death has been reported by local sources.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), the governor of the province, Azim Tuna, announced that two people were killed, including an 11-year-old son of a court clerk and at least 15 people were injured in the blast. Tuna also said that a car loaded with explosives targeting the lodgings was detonated remotely in the ‘terrorist attack’.