6 Iranians Wounded in Turkey’s Van Blast: Minister

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Six Iranians are among scores of people wounded in a car bomb that hit Turkey's southeastern city of Van on Monday, Turkish Minister of Labor and Social Security Suleyman Soylu announced.

Speaking to reporters in the Turkish city of Muş on Monday, Soylu said a total of 48 people have been wounded in the blast in Van, including two police officers and six Iranians.

He noted that none of the injured is in serious condition.

On Monday, suspected Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb near local government offices in Van, wounding scores of people, a day after two dozen mayors from Kurdish-run municipalities were stripped of their office.

The blast hit some 200 meters from the Van provincial governor's office, ripping through the city's central district and setting buildings and cars aflame.

Van sits about 100 km (60 miles) from the border with Iran.

Southeastern Turkey has suffered numerous bombings since the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group, which has waged a three-decade insurgency for Kurdish autonomy in the region, abandoned a ceasefire in 2015.

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