Terror attack death toll in Turkey’s Ankara rises to 95

Two explosions occur near main train station in Turkey’s capital Ankara, close to starting point of ‘peace march’ killing 95 and wounding 246 according to ministry of health

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

People try to help wounded at the scene of the incident following the Ankara attacks at the beginning of a 'peace rally'

Two explosions took place near the main train station in Turkey’s capital Ankara, close to the starting point of an area where a “peace march” was set to begin. 

Turkish ministry of health has announced that 95 people have been killed and 246 have been wounded due to a twin "terrorist attack." 

Several Turkish NGOs have planned to organise a meeting and protest titled “Against War, Now Peace, Peace, Labor, Democracy” in Ankara today. The main train station has been designated as the meeting place for the “peace march.”

Turkish Red Crescent has announced it has adequate blood supply to response the bloody terror attack.

Turkish media has claimed that explosions have been caused by a suicide bombing.  

In addition, historical train station has significantly been damaged, media accounts have reported. 

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has called an emergency meeting at 09:00 GMT in his official resident with high level government officials including Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan, Interior Minister Selami Altinok, Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu, National Intelligence Agency Chief Hakan Fidan, National Police Head Celalettin Lekesiz, and Ankara Governor Mehmet Kiliclar.

Justice and Development Party (AK Party) spokesman Omer Celik has described the attacks as “an initiative of massacre against nation.” He emphasised, “This is a highly provocative action aimed at sabotaging the election process.” 

AK Party heads current interim government which leads the country into November 1st elections.

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu has made a statement condemning the “terror” following the bloody incident.

He said, “[About the explosion] I repeatedly said, and I say again. We all need to condemn terror no matter what kind of differences we have concerning our political views, and faiths.”

“We have been facing with a picture which Turkey does not deserve,” he added, announcing that he has called all his election program off for today.

Prime Minister's Office has also announced that Davutoglu has delayed his election program for three days.

Moreover, Turkish media has reported President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also called off his program on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences and wished healing for the injured to President Erdogan in a telegraph message, according to a statement by Kremlin. “They are ready to closely collaborate with Turkey in order to fight against terror,” he pointed out.

US Embassy to Turkey has also strongly condemned the attacks in Ankara via their official twitter account.

Interior ministry has stated that five prosecutors have been appointed to investigate the perpetrators of the Ankara attacks.  

TRTWorld and agencies