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Bomb kills at least 37 in Turkish capital Ankara

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

ankara march13bomb reutersphotoA car bomb killed at least 37 people in the heart of the Turkish capital Ankara and wounded 71 more on Sunday, March 13, according to the official announcement by the governor’s office.

According to the first statement, 23 people died on the spot, while four others died on way to the hospital.

The blast apparently targeted the area's transportation hub of bus and minibus stops, and the central metro station.

Some vehicles have also been reportedly damaged in the incident.

After the blast, several fire-fighting trucks and ambulances were seen rushing towards the scene. Pedestrians and vehicles were also not allowed into Kizalay Square, while a police helicopter also hovered above.

Security forces evacuated the area in case there is a second blast.

Islamic State militants have carried out at least four bomb attacks on Turkey since June 2015, including a suicide bombing which killed 10 German tourists in the historic heart of Istanbul in January.

Last month, a Kurdish militant group claimed an attack on a military convoy in Ankara which killed 28 people.

In October, 103 people were killed and 250 wounded when two suicide bombers targeted a peace rally in the deadliest attack in Turkish history.

Photo Credit: Reuters

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