Explosion hits southern Turkey's Antalya province, at least 10 injured: CNN Turk

ISTANBUL (REUTERS/AFP) - An explosion outside a chamber of commerce building in Turkey's southern resort city of Antalya wounded at least 10 people on Tuesday (Oct 25), but the mayor said there were no life-threatening injuries and the blast may have been an accident.

"It could be an explosion caused by an accident. Initial information suggests there are no life-threatening (injuries)," Antalya Mayor Menderes Turel told broadcaster CNN Turk.

Mr Turel said that "10 to 12 people were slightly injured by flying glass" in the explosion at 8.50am local time.

Mr Turel told CNN Turk channel the blast was being investigated and it was "too early" to make assumptions as to the cause. "The blast may not be a terror attack... we must wait for official information," he said.

Smoke rose from the remnants of one vehicle in the car park outside the chamber of commerce and industry building and surrounding vehicles were damaged. The blast left cracks in the facade of the building and blew out windows, TV footage showed.

The Dogan news agency broadcast footage showing five ambulances in front of the building, where dozens of people looked on.

Antalya is a major tourist resort on Turkey's Mediterranean coast. In August, two rockets hit a commercial facility near a resort town in the province, but caused no casualties.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for that attack, but Kurdish and far-left militants have staged similar attacks, mostly against the security forces, in the past.

Turkey has been hit by a series of deadly bombings this year, some of which have been blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and some on Islamic State militants.

In August, a suicide bomber killed at least 50 people in an attack on a wedding party in the south-eastern city of Gaziantep.

Turkey is on high alert after repeated bombings blamed on Islamic State and Kurdish militants this year. The authorities in the capital Ankara banned public meetings this month for fear of further attacks, and the United States State Department has urged US citizens to carefully consider the need to travel to Turkey.

Three suspected Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) suicide bombers killed more than 40 people in a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul's main airport in June.