Turkish PM visits Ankara bomb victims in hospital

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visits people injured in Saturday’s bomb blasts in Turkish capital at hospital

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visits injured in hospital

Updated Oct 11, 2015

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has visited a number of victims who were wounded in a double bomb attack in the Turkish capital Ankara on Saturday in hospital.

At least 95 people were killed and 246 were injured when two bombs exploded at a peace rally being held by a number of non-governmental organisations. According to the Turkish Health Ministry, 48 of those injured are in intensive care.

Prime Minister Davutoglu announced three days of national mourning in the country after a terror attack. His office has meanwhile released the names of 52 of the victims who have been confirmed dead.

The victims of the explosions were mostly people who had gathered outside the station for a demonstration to be held in nearby Sihhiye Square.

Davutoglu harshly condemned the terror attack and emphasised the necessity of a joint effort against terrorism, noting that he would meet with opposition party leaders again over the issue.

"This terror attack was aimed at the democracy and peace of our country, at our whole nation," he said following the emergency meeting in Ankara.

The prime minister added, "the perpetrators of this terror attack, along with the supporting terror organisations will be deservedly punished."

The Turkish prime minister 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.

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

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

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

'Strong indications that attack was suicide bombing'

"There are strong indications that the explosions were carried out by two suicide bombers," the Turkish prime minister said.

Davutoglu revealed that several potential suicide bombers have been caught over the last three days in Istanbul and Ankara and claimed that "a comprehensive terror threat targets Turkey."

The prime minister also condemned statements from Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) leader Selahattin Demirtas who accused the government of being responsible for the attacks.

He said, "upon the pains of our people, if his statements call for a civil war and incite the people against their state just as in events of 6-8 October in 2014 , this is an attitude which should be judged."

In the meantime, the officials of  main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) held a central executive board  meeting after the deadly terror attack in Ankara.

Following the meeting, a statement by the party said, "We are unconditionally ready to support any steps taken to eliminate terror and violence in the country."

Meanwhile, Turkish Interior Minister Selami Altinok said that there was no security flaws concerning the Ankara peace demonstration.

He stated that the demonstration area was surrounded with safety lines and the security forces undertook necessary checks ahead of the rally.

Erdogan condemns attack

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly condemned the deadly terror attacks, saying ‘’I strongly condemn these heinous attacks which indeed targeted the unity and peace of our country. We are against all acts of terror and terror organizations no matter what their sources, discourses or aims are.’’

Erdogan also added, ‘’There is no difference between the previous terror attacks which were carried out against our security officers along with innocent civilians and the recent one in Ankara which targeted our people.’’

Erdogan further emphasized the necessity for common sense and sensitivity towards the incident to the whole nation saying that, ‘’Our unity and determination in face of these attacks will be the most meaningful response to terror.’’

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.”

Meanwhile, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Ismet Yilmaz said that ‘’Terrorism has no chance of winning," underlining the significance of unity and solidarity among the people in the country.

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.

US, Russia offer condolences

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.

President Barack Obama likewise called Erdogan to express his condolences, the White House said.

"The president conveyed his deepest personal sympathies for those killed and injured in these heinous attacks, and affirmed that the American people stand in solidarity with the people of Turkey in the fight against terrorism and shared security challenges in the region," the White House said in a statement.

TRTWorld and agencies