At least 12 people have been injured when an explosion rocked grain silos near the port of Derince in western Turkey.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said three of 12 people injured were in serious condition.

Governor of Kocaeli, Seddar Yavuz, confirmed that the explosion occurred near Turkish Grain Board (TMO) silos, where the port is located.

Yavuz said Initial evaluations show that an explosion occurred due to wheat dust compression during the transfer of wheat from a ship to the silo.

He also said that health, search and rescue and fire brigade teams were quickly transferred to the region following the incident.

Police said they had launched an investigation into the incident and videos on social media showed a huge cloud of smoke.

The TMO said that 13 silos and outbuildings were damaged in the incident.

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