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Explosion near ruling party HQ in eastern Turkey

  • Security members stand as firefighters work to extinguish a fire after a car bomb attack in the city center of Van, eastern Turkey, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency says an explosion near the ruling party headquarters and the governor's office in the eastern province of Van has left several wounded. The explosion occurred Monday morning on the first day of Eid al-Adha, an Islamic holiday.(DHA via AP)

    Security members stand as firefighters work to extinguish a fire after a car bomb attack in the city center of Van, eastern Turkey, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency says an explosion near the ruling party headquarters and the governor's office in the eastern province of Van has left several wounded. The explosion occurred Monday morning on the first day of Eid al-Adha, an Islamic holiday.(DHA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Firefighters work to extinguish a fire after a car bomb attack in the city center of Van, eastern Turkey, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency says an explosion near the ruling party headquarters and the governor's office in the eastern province of Van has left several wounded. The explosion occurred Monday morning on the first day of Eid al-Adha, an Islamic holiday.(DHA via AP)

    Firefighters work to extinguish a fire after a car bomb attack in the city center of Van, eastern Turkey, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency says an explosion near the ruling party headquarters and the governor's office in the eastern province of Van has left several wounded. The explosion occurred Monday morning on the first day of Eid al-Adha, an Islamic holiday.(DHA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A security member stands after a car bomb attack in the city center of Van, eastern Turkey, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency says an explosion near the ruling party headquarters and the governor's office in the eastern province of Van has left several wounded. The explosion occurred Monday morning on the first day of Eid al-Adha, an Islamic holiday.(DHA via AP)

    A security member stands after a car bomb attack in the city center of Van, eastern Turkey, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency says an explosion near the ruling party headquarters and the governor's office in the eastern province of Van has left several wounded. The explosion occurred Monday morning on the first day of Eid al-Adha, an Islamic holiday.(DHA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's state-run news agency says several people have been injured by an explosion near the ruling party headquarters and the governor's office in the eastern province of Van.

The Anadolu agency said the explosion occurred Monday morning on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, an Islamic holiday.

Burhan Kayaturk, a member of parliament from the ruling AKP party, told private channel HaberTurk that there are 11 wounded.

Ambulances have rushed the wounded to nearby hospitals and many police and firetrucks have been dispatched to the area.

Turkey has suffered a string of attacks in recent months from both Kurdish militants linked with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party or PKK as well as from the Islamic State, resulting in dozens of casualties.