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28 killed and 61 injured in bomb attack in Turkish capital

Published 17/02/2016 | 19:32

Firefighters work at a scene of fire from an explosion in Ankara, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. A large explosion, believed to have been caused by a bomb, injured several people in the Turkish capital on Wednesday, according to media reports. Private NTV said the explosion occurred during rush hour in an area close to where military headquarters are located as a bus carrying military personnel was passing by. Several cars caught fire, the report said. Ambulances were seen rushing toward the scene. The explosion caused a large fire and dark smoke could be seen billowing from a distance. (IHA via AP) TURKEY OUT
Firefighters work at a scene of fire from an explosion in Ankara, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. A large explosion, believed to have been caused by a bomb, injured several people in the Turkish capital on Wednesday, according to media reports. Private NTV said the explosion occurred during rush hour in an area close to where military headquarters are located as a bus carrying military personnel was passing by. Several cars caught fire, the report said. Ambulances were seen rushing toward the scene. The explosion caused a large fire and dark smoke could be seen billowing from a distance. (IHA via AP) TURKEY OUT
Police officers stand next to the explosion site in Ankara, Turkey February 17, 2016. At least five people were killed in the administrative heart of Turkey's capital Ankara on Wednesday when a vehicle laden with explosives detonated as military buses passed near the armed forces' headquarters, parliament and government buildings. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
An ambulance arrives to the site of an explosion in Ankara, Turkey February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Tumay Berkin FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURYEmergency workers help an injured person on the ground near the explosion site in Ankara, Turkey February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mustafa Kirazli/Cihan News Agency TURKEY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN TURKEY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.
A police officer gestures as he walks at the explosion site in Ankara, Turkey February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mustafa Kirazli/Cihan News Agency TURKEY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN TURKEY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.
A police officer clears the area of an explosion in Ankara, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, after assailants exploded a car bomb near vehicles carrying military personnel in the Turkish capital, killing several people and injuring scores of others, officials said. The explosion occurred during evening rush hour in the heart of city, in an area close to where military headquarters and the parliament are located. (Mustafa Kirazli/Cihan News Agency via AP) TURKEY OUT

At least 28 people have been killed and 61 others injured in an explosion that rocked the Turkish capital.

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The governor of Ankara Mehmet Kilicer said the attack - believed to have been a car bomb - targeted vehicles that were carrying military personnel.

The explosion occurred during rush hour in an area some 300 metres away from military headquarters.

Military officials said the military vehicles were carrying personnel. The vehicles were targeted as they stopped at traffic lights.

Officials condemned the attack as "contemptible and dastardly".

Earlier Mr Kilicer told the state-run Anadolu Agency: "It is believed that a bomb-laden car caused the explosion."

A police officer gestures as he walks at the explosion site in Ankara, Turkey February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mustafa Kirazli/Cihan News Agency TURKEY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN TURKEY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.
A police officer gestures as he walks at the explosion site in Ankara, Turkey February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mustafa Kirazli/Cihan News Agency TURKEY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN TURKEY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.

News reports said some cars caught fire and dozens of ambulances were sent to the scene.

It was not clear who was behind the bombing. Kurdish rebels, the Islamic State (IS) group and a leftist extremist group have carried out attacks in the country recently.

The attack comes at a tense time when the Turkish government is facing an array of challenges.

A fragile peace process with the Kurdish rebels collapsed in the summer.

Security forces have been engaged in large-scale operations against Kurdish militants in the south-east since December, imposing controversial curfews in flashpoint areas, and the fighting has displaced tens of thousands of civilians.

Turkey has also been helping efforts led by the US to combat IS in neighbouring Syria and has faced several deadly bombings in the last year that were blamed on IS.

An ambulance arrives to the site of an explosion in Ankara, Turkey February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Tumay Berkin FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.
An ambulance arrives to the site of an explosion in Ankara, Turkey February 17, 2016. REUTERS/Tumay Berkin FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

The Syrian war, meanwhile, is raging along Turkey's southern border.

Recent airstrikes by Russian and Syrian forces have prompted tens of thousands of Syrian refugees to flee to Turkey's border.

Turkey, so far, has refused to let them in, despite being urged to do so by the United Nations and European nations, but is sending aid to Syrian refugee camps right across the border.

Turkey's prime minister has cancelled a planned visit to Brussels following the explosion in Ankara.

Ahmet Davutoglu had been scheduled to travel to Brussels later on Wednesday.

Instead, Mr Davutoglu attended a security meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials.

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