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Several hurt after car explosion in Turkish resort

About a dozen people have been injured after a car blew up in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya in Turkey.

The cause of the blast inside a vehicle parked at the local chamber of trade is unknown at the moment, according to m ayor Menderes Turel.

About 10 or 12 people were hurt by flying glass, but no-one was seriously injured, he said.

The blast damaged at least four cars in the parking area and shattered glass panels inside the Antalya Trade and Industry Chamber, located on the outskirts of Antalya.

Turkey has been rocked by a wave of deadly bomb attacks in the past 18 months blamed on Kurdish rebels or Islamic State group (IS) militants.

But Mr Turel and the chief of the trade chamber said the blast may be the result of an accident - an explosion inside a car running on liquefied petroleum gas - and not necessarily an act of terror.

As with previous explosions, authorities imposed a temporary media blackout on the coverage of the incident, citing safety and public order concerns as well as the integrity of the investigation.

Antalya is a major tourism destination for Turkey, which has seen a sharp drop in visitors following the spate of violent attacks.

Earlier this month three rockets, believed to have been fired by Kurdish militants, hit a fishing company depot near Antalya. No-one was hurt in the attack.

On Tuesday, several ambulances were dispatched to the scene and police sealed the trade centre's perimeter in case of a second explosion.

The blast occurred as employees were arriving at the building for work and hours before the trade chamber was to hold a meeting to be attended by the mayor.



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