28 killed and 61 injured in bomb attack in Turkish capital
Published 17/02/2016 | 19:32
At least 28 people have been killed and 61 others injured in an explosion that rocked the Turkish capital.
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."
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.
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.