On Thursday, a car bomb exploded in the parking lot outside a government building killing 2 people and injuring 25 others in the southern Turkish city of Adana.
The bomb exploded at 8.05 am (0505 GMT) in the car park of the governor’s office for the Adana region, close to the vehicle entrance, the governorate said in a statement.
The explosion sparked a fire, and a cloud of dark smoke spewed into the sky.
The force of the blast caused damage to the governorate itself. Omer Celik, the minister in charge of European Union affairs, said on his Twitter account that the explosion in front of the Adana governor’s office was a “terror” attack.
Without providing further details of the nature of the blast, the governor said that the attack is believed to have been carried out by a woman.
Mahmut Demirtas, the governor for Adana, said it may have been a suicide attack carried out by a woman.
Several ambulances and police teams rushed to the area after the blast. According to preliminary reports, in addition to the casualties a number of vehicles and the governor’s building were damaged in the incident.
A gag order has also been issued on reporting of the explosion.
Omer Celik, the minister in charge of European Union affairs said, “This damnable terror is continuing to target our people. We shall continue our struggle against terrorism until the end in the name of humanity.”
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has reportedly briefed Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım about the attack.
Main opposition Republican People’s party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has called the Governor Demirtaş to condemn the “treacherous” attack, according a written statement from the party.
Meanwhile, the US Embassy also condemned the attack. “We strongly condemn outrageous terrorist attack in Adana. We mourn those lost, wish wounded speedy recovery, & stand w/Turkey against terror,” the embassy tweeted.
Turkey has been on high alert since 2015 after a series of attacks blamed on Kurdish militants and Islamic State jihadists.
With the population of almost two million, Adana is one of Turkey’s largest cities, lying around 100 kilometers from the Syrian border.
The attack was the latest in a string of deadly bombings that have rocked Turkey in more than a year. The attacks were carried out by Kurdish militants or the Islamic State group.