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Updated :At least 86 killed in twin bombings near train station in Turkey’s capital Ankara during “Peace Rally”

Source: At least 20 people killed in bomb attack in Turkey during “Peace Rally”

Blast appears to have been targeted at anti-government demonstration by pro-Kurdish groups

Two powerful bombs exploded near the main train station in Ankara on Saturday morning, causing carnarge, killing at least 86 people and injuring 186 others, in the deadliest attack in the Turkish capital in recent memory.

The explosion, which caused chaos and bloodshed, took place during a peace march involving, among others, the pro-Kurdish HDP, or People’s Democratic Party.

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  • The attack also came before national elections scheduled for November 1.

Bodies lay in front of the station on Hipodrum Street, where people had started to arrive for a peace rally in Ankara.

Paramedics tended to the injured as a police helicopter circled overhead. Protest banners and flags littered the ground and members of the public helped carry the injured to ambulances and buses to take them to hospital.

Emergency services had raced to the scene following the blast at 10.05 a.m. local time (07.05 GMT).

Many people had gathered outside the station for a demonstration to be held in nearby Sihhiye Square. The rally, organized by the Confederation of Public Sector Trades’ Unions (KESK), was to call for an end to the renewed conflict between the terrorist organization PKK and the Turkish state.

Eye witnesses said there were two consecutive blasts and there was an unconfirmed report that at least one suicide bomber was responsible.

Emergency ministerial meeting over Ankara blasts

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is chairing an emergency security meeting Saturday over the bombing of peace protestors in Ankara.

The meeting began at 12:00 p.m. local time (0900GMT) at the prime minister’s office, according to prime ministry sources.

Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan, Interior Minister Selami Altinok, Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu, Intelligence chief Hakan Fidan, General Director of Turkish National Police Mehmet Celalettin Lekesiz and Ankara governor Mehmet Kiliclar are attending.

The blast near Ankara’s main train station killed dozens of people and injured more than a hundred, according to the interior ministry.

The victims were mostly people who had gathered outside the station for a demonstration to be held in nearby at Sihhiye Square. The rally, organized by the Confederation of Public Sector Trades’ Unions (KESK), was to call for an end to the renewed conflict between the terrorist organization PKK and the Turkish state.

Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu condemned the attack. “We all should curse the terror, regardless of whichever political view we have or whichever religion we belong to,” he said in Istanbul. “We face a scene that Turkey does not deserve.”

Kilicdaroglu and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag cancelled election events for the day. Turkey is to hold a general election on Nov. 1.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also cancelled his program of events in Istanbul and was briefed by Altinok and Muezzinoglu.

The HDP was among the groups who called for the demonstration.

Other Sources: Anadolu Agency

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7 thoughts on “Updated :At least 86 killed in twin bombings near train station in Turkey’s capital Ankara during “Peace Rally””

      1. There are too many scandals! Turkey Medical Association called for the Ministry of Health to coordinate the health with being team. But they said that noone answered the phone from Health Ministry. Turkey Medical Association made a statement for Health Ministry as “turn on your phones in the name of humanity!”
        One of survivors who is president of the Izmir Revolutionary Trade Unions said that:
        “Police which didn’t take security precautions came after the bombs exploding. Police attacked the injured people with pepper gas. They seemed like they enter to the battlefield.”
        The 3 ministers of AKP who came the event area, have been protested by people and they gone away by fleeing.
        Minister of Health made an explanation: There is no security weakness. !!
        the broadcast ban was imposed on this event! twitter and facebook aren’t working.
        This is not The Republic of Turkey anymore!

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  1. Reblogged this on unnecessary news from earth and commented:
    Those who want peace are dying every day, being killed! To die for PEACE, perhaps it is the most difficult thing. The most difficult thing is to be the blowing wind of hope. Those who responsible for this massacre, nobody will forget you and your goal! If we forget, our hearts would become cold!

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  2. As the latest figures, the death toll was announced as 97. However, CHP Ankara deputy Gokhan Gunaydin has written in twitter account as the following:
    “The Minister of Internal Affairs who is Former Police Chief Aksaray, who is Istanbul Governor of 17/25 December, instead of to resign, he is blathering! The most serious terrorist attack in the history of the Republic bursted in the capital’s heart; but Prime Minister still says ISIS / PKK / MLCP / DHKPC. The question is: what is your business! Our pain is growing. In Gazi 22, in Diskapi 10 and in forensics 86, we have 118 friends who lost their lives. We have mortally wounded.”

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