13 DEAD, 55 Wounded in Bus Bombing… Here’s What We Know

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Security officials and people at the scene of a car bomb attack in central Anatolian city of Kayseri, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. (AP)

Security officials and people at the scene of a car bomb attack in central Anatolian city of Kayseri, Turkey, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. (AP)

Istanbul- A car bomb explosion has killed 13 and wounded 55 people, most of them military personnel on Saturday morning, according to Turkish officials.

Turkish armed forces report that the car bomb went off at 8:45 a.m. and targeted on-leave military personnel from the Kayseri Commando Brigade.

The state-run Anadolu Agency said the car bomb went off at an entrance gate of Erciyes University, hitting a public transportation bus that included on-leave soldiers among its passengers.

Speaking in Kayseri shortly after the blast, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said 55 people had been wounded in total and that six were in critical condition.

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“We are determined in our fight against terrorism,” the minister said.

Turkish Chief of Staff Hulusi Akar vowed to continue the “fight against terrorists inside and outside the country” until “every last terrorist is neutralized.”

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Images taken moments after the explosion showed a smoking public bus, still in flames, with its windows blown open and its interior blackened.

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The blast comes a week after a car bomb struck riot police posted outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul following a match. That attack killed 44 people, mostly police officers, and wounded scores of others. Kurdish militants, who tend to target military and police, claimed the Istanbul attack.

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