Blast rocks Mediterranean resort in Turkey

Turkey Blast

Turkey Blast

An explosion Tuesday in the parking lot of the local chamber of trade in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya in southern Turkey caused minor injuries, according to Turkish media reports.

The cause of the blast was not immediately known, but the Antalya mayor’s office said the blast could be an accident, CNN Turk reported.

Antalya Chamber of Trade and Industry head Davut Cetin also told CNN Turk there were no fatalities in the explosion.

Footage from the site showed five ambulances in front of the building, while dozens of people looked on.

An eyewitness who was at the building told CNN Turk the blast smashed windows and left people bloodied, while a reporter for the Dogan news agency said one vehicle was blown apart.

Antalya is a major tourist resort on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. In August, two rockets hit a commercial facility near a resort town in the province, but caused no casualties.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for that attack, but Kurdish and far-left militants have staged similar attacks, mostly against the security forces, in the past.

Turkey has been hit by a series of deadly bombings this year, some of which have been blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and some on Islamic State (IS) group militants.

In August a suicide bomber killed at least 50 people in an attack on a wedding party in the southeastern city of Gaziantep.