Turkey explosion: Ankara car bomb kills at least 27

Source: BBC | 13 March, 2016 | BBC

A suspected car bomb has exploded in the Kizilay neighbourhood of the Turkish capital Ankara, with reports of at least five people killed.

State-run broadcaster TRT said the car had exploded close to a bus stop.

Witnesses say the explosion was in the Guven park which is close to many government ministries. Some vehicles were on fire.

Last month, a bomb attack on a military convoy in Ankara killed 28 people and wounded dozens more. 

The Hurriyet newspaper said the latest blast happened at about 18:41 (16:41 GMT) and that many ambulances were at the scene. 

It said that the area was being evacuated in case there was a second attack.

Dogan news agency said five people had been killed. Pictures from the scene showed bodies on the ground.

Last month’s bombing was claimed by a Kurdish militant group, the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK). It said on its website that the attack was in retaliation for the policies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey, however, blamed a Syrian national who was a member of another Kurdish group.

Last October, more than 100 people were killed in a double-suicide bombing at a Kurdish peace rally in Ankara.

The BBC’s Mark Lowen in Istanbul says three attacks in the Turkish capital in less than six months show the multiple security threats that Turkey now faces.

The country that was the stable corner of the Middle East and the West’s crucial ally in a volatile region is now at a dangerous moment, he adds.

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  • slhancock1948 #2598

    I think the only stable years Turkey had in the past 100 years were the ones we lived there…1985-1991. They had just come out of martial law and things were very good as far as Turkish relations with the west. After1991, Turkey became radicalized quickly. Erdogan has made it 100 times worse.

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    Pray for righteousness to be restored and for the peace of Jerusalem

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