Terror Attack in Turkish Capital Targets Military Personnel
- Gayathri Mathivanan
- February 18, 2016, 1:42 AM
Deadly explosion rocks Turkey's capital.
An explosion targeting Turkish military buses carrying personnel killed at least 28 people and 61 others wounded in the capital city of Ankara Wednesday.
The blast struck a convoy of military vehicles, said Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, confirming the latest toll. It was unclear who had carried out the attack. Kurdish rebels, the Islamic State group and a leftist extremist group have carried out attacks in the country recently.
"Turkey will not shy away from using its right to self-defence at any time, any place or any occasion," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
The U.S. State department also condemned the attack, adding, "We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed, and we wish a quick recovery to those injured."
The explosion, believed to be a car bomb. The blast happened in an area close to parliament and military headquarters, Governor Mehmet Kilicer said.
Turkey has been hit by a series of attacks in recent months, and there have been increasing concerns that the country could be targeted by another big attack.
Recent attacks in Turkey
- January 2016: At least 10 people, mostly German tourists, are killed in a suspected IS suicide bombing in Istanbul
- October 2015: More than a hundred people are killed in a double-suicide bombing at a Kurdish peace rally in Ankara
- July 2015: In the predominantly Kurdish town of Suruc, near the Syrian border, over 30 people are killed in a suicide bombing, again blamed on IS
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