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Scores of people injured in Turkey car bombings

Scores of people injured in Turkey car bombings

Turkey

Scores of people were on Monday injured in a car bomb attack on local government offices in the southeastern Turkish city of Van.

According to a local media agency, 46 of the wounded were civilians, while two others were police officers.

This comes a day after 24 Kurdish mayors were removed from office in a crackdown across the region and Turkish authorities have blamed the blast on Kurdish militants.

Being elected a mayor does not mean you can do anything you want. You cannot support terrorist organisations as a mayor. You don't have such an authority.

The explosion caused damage over a wide area in a central district of a city that’s been targeted many times by the PKK, a separatist group branded a terrorist organisation by Ankara and the EU.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan 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. You cannot support terrorist organisations as a mayor. You don’t have such an authority,” he said.

The crackdown provoked violent protest in a number of towns and cities.

Erdogan said last week that Turkey was undertaking it’s biggest ever campaign against the PKK and that removing officials seen as supporting the movement would be a key part of the drive.