Turkish PM says one Ankara suicide bomber identified

Prime Minister Davutoglu says one of suspects of deadly Ankara suicide bombing is identified and investigators are also examining 'links' between Ankara and Suruc bombings

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

The prime minister made the comments on private Turkish news channel on Oct. 19, 2015.

One of the suspected suicide bombers involved in the recent deadly Ankara blasts has been identified, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday.

"A series of DNA tests have been carried out to identify the bombers, and one of them has been identified," Davutoglu said, without revealing any names or gender.

"Work is in progress to identify the other [bomber]," he added.

On Sunday, a Turkish court in Ankara ordered the arrest of four out of 11 suspects over the twin bombings that hit the Turkish capital on Oct. 10, which killed 102 people and injured hundreds at a peace rally.

The prosecutors had decided to refer six of the suspects to the penal court on duty, while releasing four others and requesting judicial controls for another.

Initially, 14 suspects had been taken into custody as part of the investigation. Three among them, who were detained due to suspicious posts on Twitter, were later released.

Davutoglu said that the investigators were also examining "links" between the Ankara and Suruc blasts, referring to the July 20 bombing that killed 33 people in the southeastern Diyarbakir province. The Suruc attack targeted pro-Kurdish activists and it was blamed on ISIS.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Oct. 12 that two suicide bombers had carried out the attack in Ankara, each of whom used about five kilograms of TNT explosives.

The Ankara bombings have shaken Turkey as the country faces a general election re-run on Nov. 1, while counter-terrorism operations continue in the southeast where tensions run high over the ongoing civil war raging along Turkey's southern border in Syria.