Turkish President Erdogan condemns terror attack in Ankara

Turkish President Erdogan strongly condemns deadly terror attacks in capital Ankara saying they target unity of country

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Photo by: Reuters

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly condemned the deadly terror attacks, which took place in capital Ankara early on Saturday in an official statement.

‘’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.’’ he said.

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 also 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.’’

Two explosions claimed the lives of at least 86 people and took place near the main train station in Turkey’s capital Ankara, close to the starting point of the “peace march.”

The terror attack in Ankara also injured 186 people, according to a statement by the Turkish Ministry of Health.

Turkish media claimed that the explosions were suicide bombings, the historical train station was significantly damaged due to the explosions.

In the meantime, Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu immediately called an emergency meeting at 09:00 GMT at his official residence 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.

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.

The governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) spokesman, Omer Celik described the attacks as “an initiative of a massacre against nation.” while condemning the perpetrators.

He emphasised, “This is a highly provocative action aimed at sabotaging the election process.’’

Additionally, the main opposition Republican People’s Party's (CHP) leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu made a statement condemning the “terror attack” 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 called all his election program off for today.

Prime minister's office also announced that Davutoglu delayed his election program for three days.

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

TRTWorld and agencies