Tuesday 27 September 2016

Large explosion in Turkey capital kills 37, leaves 75 wounded

Ece Toksabay, Ayla Jean Yackley and Humeyra Pamuk

Published 13/03/2016 | 17:56

People help an injured person on the ground near the explosion site in Ankara, Turkey March 13, 2016. REUTERS/Tumay Berkin
People help an injured person on the ground near the explosion site in Ankara, Turkey March 13, 2016. REUTERS/Tumay Berkin

At least 37 people were killed and 75 more wounded in a blast in the Turkish capital Ankara on Sunday evening, broadcaster CNN Turk said, citing the local governor.

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CNN Turk had earlier said 25 had been killed.

Later it said that two more people had died en route to hospital.

Turkish officials have confirmed it was a car bomb that targeted civilians at a bus stop in Ankara

Last month, a car bombing a few blocks away killed 29 people.

NTV television said the blast took place near a park at Ankara's main square, and that several cars caught fire.

Several ambulances and police cars were sent to the scene.

NTV television said the blast took place close to bus stops near a park at Ankara's main square, Kizilay.

The news channel said the explosion occurred as a car slammed into a bus, suggesting that the blast may have been caused by a car bomb.

The explosion came just three weeks after a suicide car bombing in the capital targeted buses carrying military personnel, killing 29 people.

A Kurdish militant group which is an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdish rebel group, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, claimed responsibility for that attack.

Police sealed off the area and pushed onlookers and journalists back, warning there could be a second bomb.

Additional reporting by PA

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