At Least 28 Killed in Car-Bomb Explosion in Turkey’s Capital

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Injuries And Deaths Reported After Bomb Blast In Turkish Capital
Turkish army service buses burn after an explosion. Photo: Defne Karadeniz/2016 Getty Images

A car loaded with explosives blew up in the center of the Turkish capital of Ankara Wednesday, killing at least 28 people and injuring more than 60. The vehicle detonated as a military convoy passed through an area where many of Turkey’s government offices are headquartered, including the parliament and defense ministry. The explosion, which caused a fire and sent dark smoke over the city’s horizon, happened in the middle of rush hour. 

An injured person is loaded into an ambulance following an explosion. Photo: STR

The Turkish government said the attackers targeted the convoy, and called the bombing an act of terrorism. Officials did not say who was behind the blast, but Reuters reported that security officials had blamed both the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the militant wing of the banned party, and the Islamic State. No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack. 

A firefighter tries to put out a fire as Turkish army buses burn after an explosion in Ankara. Photo: Erhan Ortac/2016 Getty Images

Right now Turkey is cooperating with the U.S-led coalition to stamp out ISIS in Syria. The country was last attacked just a month ago, when a Syrian refugee with ties to ISIS blew himself up in a bustling tourist spot in Istanbul. The Turkish military is also in a protracted campaign against the PKK in Turkey and Kurdish fighters in Syria (who are also allied with the U.S. against ISIS), whose militants have targeted Turkey’s military and law enforcement in the past. 

A man reacts next to policemen near the site of an explosion. Photo: AFP

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

At Least 28 Killed in Bombing in Turkish Capital