Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Big explosion reported in central Ankara

A big explosion has just taken place in the Turkish capital of Ankara, with residents reporting a huge noise heard across the city and smoke rising over downtown Eskişehir Avenue.

Five people were killed and 10 people were injured in the blast, the governor of Ankara said, adding that a explosive-laden vehicle was set off.

Initial news reports indicate buses carrying military personnel have been targeted.

The explosion took place as the buses were arriving at a military lodging facility in downtown Ankara, according to reports.

20 ambulances were sent to the scene of the blast, the Health Ministry officials were quoted as saying by private broadcaster CNN Türk.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said the authorities have received information about the blast and were looking into it.


  1. Turkey’s TV watchdog RTÜK also imposed a broadcast ban on the attack...

    According to locals, the sound of explosion could be heard from many spots around the capital.

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

  2. A large explosion in the Turkish capital, Ankara, has left at least five people killed and 10 injured, the city's governor says...

    Local media reported that the blast happened next to a passing military vehicle, in an area close to parliament and Turkey's military headquarters.

    Photos on social media showed large plumes of smoke rising from the area.

    A spokesman for the ruling AK party said the explosion was an "act of terrorism".

    Ankara's governor, Mehmet Kiliclar, reportedly said the explosion was caused by a car bomb, but the Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said the cause was still under investigation.

    Turkey has been hit by a serious of attacks recently, including a suicide bomber that killed 10 people in Istanbul last month. Officials said the attacker had links with the so-called Islamic State (IS).

    Last October, an attack at a peace march left at least 99 people dead in Ankara.

    There have been increasing concerns that the country could be targeted by another big attack, the BBC's Selin Girit in Istanbul said.

    Turkey has faced security threats from different groups, including IS and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)......

  3. Car bomb attack on military in Turkish capital kills 28...

    Assailants on Wednesday exploded a car bomb near vehicles carrying military personnel in the Turkish capital, killing at least 28 people and wounding dozens others, officials said.

    The explosion occurred during evening rush hour in the heart of Ankara, in an area close to where military headquarters and parliament are located. Buses carrying military personnel were attacked while waiting at traffic lights at an intersection, the Turkish military said while condemning the "contemptible and dastardly" attack.

    Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman NumanKurtulmuş said 28 people were killed and 61 others were injured in the attack. He said the government has no information on who carried out the attack.

    Kurtulmuş confirmed that Wednesday's explosion was caused by a car bomb and targeted military vehicles that were carrying armed forces personnel.

    He said seven prosecutors have been assigned to investigate the attack, which he described as "well-planned." Kurtulmuş said no group had yet claimed responsibility, but pledged authorities would find those behind the attack.....

  4. Reports: Syrian man registered as refugee carried out Ankara car bomb attack...

    Turkish media reports on Thursday said that a Syrian national was behind Wednesday's bomb attack in Ankara that killed at least 28 people and wounded dozens more, the Associated Press news agency reports.

    Yeni Safak, a newspaper with close ties to the government, said that the man who detonated the car bomb had been identified from his fingerprints and had been registered as a refugee in Turkey.

    The pro-government Sabah newspaper said that the man was linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). There was no official confirmation from government.

    At least 28 people were killed and 61 wounded Wednesday by a car bomb targeting the Turkish military in the heart of the capital Ankara, the latest in a string of attacks to shake the country. The blast struck a convoy of military vehicles.....

  5. Turquie: l'attentat d'Ankara perpétré par un Syrien, confirme

  6. Syrian national of YPG-links behind Ankara blast, says Turkish PM...

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has announced that a Syrian national with links to the People’s Protection Units (YPG) was identified as the perpetrator of the attack in Ankara. The attacker received assistance from outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in Turkey, the prime minister said.

    A Syrian national, identified as 1992-born Salih Necer, was behind the car bomb attack in Ankara on Feb. 17 that killed 28 people and wounded 61 others, Davutoğlu said with “certainty.”

    Necer was born in the Amuda province of northern Syria in 1992 and had links to the YPG, Davutoğlu informed reporters.

    “A direct link between the attack and the YPG has been established,” he said, adding that nine suspects were detained while the investigation continues.

    The YPG attack was carried out with logistical support from PKK militants inside Turkish territory, the PM claimed.

    Davutoğlu said Turkey possessed evidence demonstrating where the militants came from and how they organized, and that this information would be shared with other


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