Explosion rocks Turkish capital, vehicles on fire

By the Associated Press | September 20, 2011 | 5:20 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An explosion across a secondary school injured 10 people and set several vehicles on fire in the Turkish capital on Tuesday, an official said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blast in downtown Kizilay district but a local mayor, Bulent Tanik, said an eyewitness told them that someone threw a burning gas canister onto the vehicles from a nearby building.

"The investigation is underway," Tanik said. "If true, that canister might have triggered the blast of a liquefied petroleum gas tank on a vehicle."

One of the vehicles was totally burnt down and four others were also damaged, television images showed.

NTV television said 10 people were hospitalized. Tanik said three people were seriously injured and some of them might have lost their limbs.

The blast occurred across the school but no student was harmed, Tanik said.

The injured were initially treated in the school yard by people in the street before medics rushed to the scene and whisked them away to hospitals, NTV television said.

Interior Minister Besir Atalay inspected the scene but police did not yet make a statement.

Kurdish, leftist and Islamic militants have carried out bomb attacks in Turkey in the past.