Media reported that at least 28 people are killed and 61 more are injured after a car exploded in Ankara.
28 are killed and 61 more are reported injured so far after a car laden with explosions detonated as military buses at traffic lights in the center of Ankara. According to the released information from the Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag the attack is considered as a terroristic attack. Following the incident, the Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu canceled his trip to Brussels which was due to happen later on Wednesday.
The scene of the explosion took place at 16:30 GMT and is located in close proximity to Turkey’s parliament, the Presidency of the General Staff, and Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard commands.
Twenty ambulances were sent to the scene of the blast, media reported, citing medical officials.
According to the military, the attack was originally targeting military buses at traffic lights.
“I heard a huge explosion. There was smoke and a really strong smell even though we were blocks away,” a witness has told Reuters
Witnesses also have reported that helicopters circling the area above the blast. According to Turkey’s state run Anadolu Agency the government has imposed a media gag order banning organizations from broadcasting or printing graphic images of those who were killed or injured in the explosion.
There isn’t information about the organizers of the attack but it comes in a serious time for the country since Turkey has massive operations against the Kurds in Syria.
Following the situation, President Erdoğan convenes urgent security meeting.
The blast follows another terroristic attack from last October in which several explosions at a peace rally in the Turkish capital killed more than 100 people and injured dozens more. The explosions appeared to be the result of suicide bomb attacks.
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Written by Yoana Manoilova