28 Killed in Car Bomb Attack in Turkish Capital Ankara

ankaraAt least 28 people were killed and 61 others were injured in a bomb attack on Feb. 17 targeting shuttles carrying military personnel in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Most of the injured are in good condition, Health Minister Mehmet Müezzinoğlu said.

Ankara Governor Mehmet Kılıçdar said the attack was carried out with a car bomb.

The attack occurred in the center of the city, hundreds of meters away from the top military headquarters, parliament and prime minister’s office.

“We are looking into details of the explosion,” Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said.

“Terror has attacked treacherously in Ankara. We curse this attack,” ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesman Ömer Çelik said on Twitter.

The attack happened at a time when a high-level security meeting was being held at the Presidential Palace under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Erdoğan has cancelled his scheduled meeting to Azerbaijan.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who was scheduled to leave for Brussels later on Feb. 17, canceled his visit.

Meanwhile, the Turkish General Staff has strongly condemned the attack in a statement, saying that there were military personnel among the casualties.

The moment of explosion was caught on surveillance cameras near the scene.

 

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