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President Poroshenko expresses condolences over terrorist attack in Turkey

Thirteen Turkish troops were killed and 48 others wounded in a vehicle bomb attack in the central Anatolian province of Kayseri on Saturday morning, the Turkish military reported.

"Unfortunately we have dead bodies and wounded", he said in remarks carried by the private Doğan news agency.

In a statement, Erdoğan said the "separatist terrorist organisation" the PKK was responsible for Saturday's attack.

An investigation to the attack is underway.

The explosion came a week after a similar attack had killed more than 30 police officers.

Those bombings were later claimed by an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, a group that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed for the Saturday vehicle bomb attack.

Turkey is also at odds with western-backed Kurdish factions fighting against ISIL extremists in neighbouring Syria and Iraq.

Turkey's prime ministry office imposed a temporary media blackout after the reported attack to refrain "the fear in the public, panic and disorder and which may serve the aims of terrorist organizations". Turkey views these groups as extensions of the PKK.

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Later on Saturday, a small group of people attacked pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party's (HDP) headquarters in Kayseri. It stated on its website that the Turkish people were not the target of the attack.

Turkey faces multiple security threats including spillover from the fight against Islamic State in northern Syria.

No group has claimed responsibility yet for the incident.

The frantic fight for survival for passengers on a Turkish public bus targeted by suicide bombers has been filmed by a nearby motorist. The attacks could lead to the proclamation of martial law, strengthening the military's hand and implicitly threatening the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government after the July 15 NATO-backed coup, or strengthening Erdoğan's drive to establish his own presidential dictatorship.

In their initial statements after the terror attack in Istanbul, Yildirim and Erdoğan vowed that the perpetrators would "pay a heavier price". "They should know that they will not get away with it".

At the site - a wreckage left behind by the vehicle bomb and a destroyed bus with a visible hole on the side of the bomb. Forty-four people died and more than 150 were wounded in that attack.

That attack, which targeted a police bus, was claimed by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) seen as a radical offshoot of the PKK.

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