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Turkish capital rocked by large explosion, killing almost 30

17 February 2016 22:16



At least 28 people were killed when a large explosion rocked the Turkish capital, Ankara, Wednesday with initial reports suggesting massive damage to nearby buildings.

Turkish media said the explosion occurred near military buildings in central Ankara, with early reports saying it was caused by a car bomb blast.

According to early reports, 61 people have been also injured with ambulances rushing to the scene of the blast. As the situation unfolds social media users are posting photos of smoke rising from a spot in the center of the city.

Locals said the sound of the blast could be heard from many spots around Ankara. They said a large fire and dark smoke could be seen billowing from a distance.


Police said later it has launched an investigation into the incident.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has postponed his planned to Brussels following Ankara explosion, Reuters quoted an official at prime minister’s office as saying.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Twitter that the explosion in the capital city was being considered as an act of terrorism.

Back in October 2015, two large explosions rocked the Turkish capital, killing about 100 people and injuring more than 240. The deadly blasts took place near the city’s central train station where people had gathered for a political rally called by leftist groups.

No organization claimed the attacks, which were the deadliest in the history of the modern Turkey. However, prosecutors later said they had nabbed in relation to the bombings two people with suspected links to Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, which is based in Iraq and Syria.

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