The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is “closely monitoring” the situation in the wake of a blast in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

More than 12 people were injured in the explosion in the centre of the city with initial reports indicating that there could also be fatalities.

Turkey’s deputy prime minister reportedly said that there was information that a bomb was planted on a vehicle. Thick smoke could be seen rising from the central commercial area of Kizilay, the BBC reported.

Several vehicles were damaged and windows were blown out in nearby buildings. The FCO said: “We are closely monitoring the situation and are in touch with the Turkish authorities to establish the latest information.”