59 wounded discharged from hospitals after Ankara attack

Turkey's Ministry of Health states that 59 people have been discharged from hospitals following Wednesday’s bloody attack which killed at least 28, wounded 81 in capital Ankara near army headquarters

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Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visits the wounded at the Numune Hospital after an explosion hit military vehicles in central Ankara killing least 28 people on Feb. 17, 2016.

Turkey's Ministry of Health has stated that 59 out of a total of 81 wounded people have been discharged from hospital following the Wednesday’s deadly bomb attack in the heart of the Turkish capital Ankara.

At least 28 people were killed in an explosion targeting military buses on Wednesday evening according to Turkish government spokesman and Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus.

Turkey's Ministry of Health issued a statement on Thursday saying that the remaining 22 people are currently being treated in military and private hospitals, adding that seven of them are in critical conditions.

Air Force Brigadier General Reha Ufuk Er and his wife were slightly wounded, but they are in good condition, the statement added.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack yet.

Kurtulmus told reporters on Wednesday evening that seven prosecutors headed by the Ankara Chief Prosecutor have been tasked to investigate the incident. He has vowed that the identities of those who were behind the terrorist attack will soon be revealed.

An initial report from Ankara’s governor suggested three military buses and a private bus were hit by the terrorist attack during the evening rush hour.

Turkey’s Anadolu Agency reported that the blast occurred in the Merasim Street which connects the Dikmen Street to Inonu Boulevard and is close to the headquarters of the Turkish General Staff and Parliament buildings.

Ankara Governor Mehmet Kiliclar said the authorities believe a bomb-laden vehicle was the source of the blast.

The Turkish General Staff said that a "terror attack" hit vehicles carrying its personnel at 6.31 p.m. local time [1631 GMT] while they were waiting at a traffic light on Inonu Boulevard.

Following the attack, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu cancelled a planned visit to Brussels while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cancelled a trip to Azerbaijan scheduled for Thursday.

The attack was also condemned by the global community, standing in solidarity with Turkey.

TRTWorld, AA