At least 14 soldiers were killed and 56 people wounded after a car bomb attack in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri early on Dec. 17, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said after the second major terror attack to rock Turkey in less than a week.
Soylu, who was speaking at a joint news conference with Health Minister Recep Akdağ, said 12 of the wounded were in intensive care and four were in critical condition.
Seven people were detained not long after the blast, which occurred at 8:45 a.m., according to Soylu. Another eight people were detained later, according to local prosecutors.
“The terrorist was identified,” Soylu said. According to daily Hürriyet, a fake ID card with the name Mehmet Oluk was found on the driver.
Authorities suggested the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was responsible for the blast.
Akdağ told the news conference that a large number of the wounded had only suffered light injuries.
The wounded were being treated in hospital while there could also be additional civilian casualties, it added.