Turkey denounces ‘heinous act of terrorism’

Cars of emergency services arrive after an explosion in Ankara. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
Cars of emergency services arrive after an explosion in Ankara. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

As many as 28 people have been killed and more than 60 injured after a car bomb was set off in rush hour traffic in the Turkish captial of Ankara.

According to the Ankara governor, Mehmet Kiliçer, the bomb looks to have been aimed at a convoy of military vehicles passing through the administrative centre of the Turkish capital, close to parliament, government buildings and Turkey’s military headquarters.

Military buses were hit by a car laden with explosives as they waited at traffic lights. The loud explosion could reportedly be heard all over the city sending residents into panic. Television footage showed an intense fire around a burned-out bus and emergency vehicles rushing to the scene.

The country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that the attack would only strengthen Turkey’s resolve against insurgents.

According to the Guardian a spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP), Ömer Çelik, said he strongly condemned the attack as a “heinous act of terrorism”.

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