At least nine workers have been injured in an explosion in the Ostim industrial zone in Turkey’s capital Ankara.
The explosion was reportedly caused by a gas buildup inside the building of an ice production company.
One of the wounded is in critical condition.
The incident may spur anti-government protests in the capital. Industrial workers unions have accused the central Government of placing profits ahead of work safety.
Large-scale demonstrations occurred throughout the country after the May 13 Soma explosion, which killed 301 people in the worst mining disaster in Turkish history.
3 Suspects Detained Over Killings of Soldiers in Southeast
Three suspects have reportedly been arrested over the killings of three Turkish soldiers in Hakkari Province in southeastern Turkey on Saturday.
The Turkish General Staff has claimed that the shootings were carried out by members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK); however, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu — while saying the PKK could not get away with such an attack — has said the incident will not derail the Kurdish peace process.
Opposition Leader: “Does Turkish State Really Exist in Southeast?”
Discussing the escalation of PKK-related violence in southeastern Turkey, the leader of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, asked in a press conference on Sunday:
Does the state really exist in [Turkey’s] southeast? First we have to ask this question….What is happening in the southeast? Is there a state there, or is there not?
Our soldiers are being martyred in the middle of the street, village guards are being killed by being tied to poles. Who is responsible for this?