Explosion rips through Turkish city of Van near President Erdogan's party headquarters

Explosion rips through the Turkish city of Van

A bomb has gone off in Turkey (stock photo)

Monday, September 12, 2016

A bomb has gone off in the Turkish city of Van. 

The 'powerful' blast occurred near the Justice and Development Party's (AK) office and the city hall. The Justice and Development Party is led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The southeast of Turkey has had to deal with bombings and other attacks after the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) abandoned a ceasefire in 2015.

A number of ambulances have been dispatched to the site of the bombing to deal with the "many" people who have died and been wounded in the explosion. 

The Turkish branch of broadcaster CNN has also aired pictures of smoke rising from a building and firefighters spraying a hose to extinguish fires.

A figure for the dead or wounded has not released. 

More on this as it develops.