Death toll rises to 97 in terror attack in Turkey’s Ankara

Death toll rises to 97 after deadly suicide bombings in Turkey’s capital Ankara

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Turkish officials inspect the site of an explosion close to Ankara's main train station on October 10, 2015 in Ankara, Turkey.

The number of citizens died in Turkey’s capital Ankara following a terror attack has risen to 97 -including a Palestinian citizen- Prime Minister's office announced on Monday.

The twin suicide bombings hit Ankara when thousands of people gathered in front of the city’s main train station where a “peace march” was set to begin on October 10.

Prime minister's office issued a statement saying that 92 of the victims were identified and 91 of them were delivered to their families.

The statement also said that 317 out of 508 injured were discharged from the hospitals with recovery.

The office also confirmed that the twin bombings were carried out by two suicide bombers.

"Identification efforts continue on bodies of two male terrorists who were ascertained to be suicide bombers,” the statement said.

According to security sources, the method of the attack and the amount of explosives used resemble Suruc suicide bombing that killed 34 in July 20 when the far-left pro-Kurdish party members gathered for a press meeting in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province.

Investigation launched on twin bombings

Meanwhile, Ankara’s chief public prosecutor issued a statement saying that an investigation was launched to find the assailants with total of 19 prosecutors -including 13 chief prosecutors and 6 deputy chief prosecutors- taking charge.

“Our efforts continue without a break for about 35 hours. The second prosecutors team took over the investigation at 2 am from the current team who exhausted from continuous work since the incident. The investigation will continue nonstop with the help of shift system,” said the statement.

Turkey declared three days of national mourning in the country following the deadliest terror attack in its history.

Opposition leaders meet over the attack

Following the attack, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu harshly condemned the terror attack and emphasised the necessity of a joint effort against terrorism.

One day after the bombing, Davutoglu held a meeting with the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu in Ankara.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu hold a meeting at Cankaya Palace in Ankara, Turkey on October 11, 2015.

The two emphasized "the importance of reaching a conclusion in ongoing efforts towards shedding light on all aspects of the terrorist act and bringing the perpetrators to account" said in the press office’s statement.

The statement also added that both leaders underlined the importance of adopting a common stance against terrorism.

On the other hand, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli refused to meet with Prime Minister Davutoglu in the aftermath of of the attack.

TRTWorld, AA