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14 March, 2016

Ankara blast death toll reaches 34

Thirty-four people were killed in the blast in the centre of Ankara on Sunday, said Turkish health minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu. [...] further 125 people were wounded, of whom 19 were in serious condition. The injured were treated at 14 hospitals in Ankara. Nine of them were operated on at the time of speaking, the minister added.

The car bomb blast at a bus stop near Ankara’s central Kizilay square was the second this year, after a military convoy was bombed in the capital in February.

In a written statement after the blast, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the bombing as a terror attack and vowed to crack down on terrorist organizations, which he said were trying to use instability in the region to target Turkey.

Turkish authorities are yet to say what militant group was behind the recent Ankara bombing, but the February attack was blamed on Kurdish militias.


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