Turkey declares three days of mourning over Ankara attack

Turkey declares three days of mourning over Ankara attack
A man cries over the body of a victim, at the site of an explosion in Ankara, Turkey. (inset) Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Ankara - Turkey PM Ahmet Davutoglu says ‘strong signs’ two suicide bombers behind Ankara attack



By Agencies

Published: Sat 10 Oct 2015, 1:16 PM

Last updated: Sun 11 Oct 2015, 3:28 AM

Update:
Suicide bombers likely behind Ankara attack: Turkey PM
Two suicide bombers likely carried out the twin explosions in Turkey’s capital Ankara at a peace rally Saturday that left 86 people dead, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. 
“There are very strong signs that the attack was carried out by two suicide bombers,” he told reporters in Ankara, declaring three days of national mourning for those who lost their lives. - AFP
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At least 86 killed in Ankara bomb attacks
At least 86 people were killed on Saturday in twin explosions targeting a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara, the health minister said. 
Sixty-two people died at the scene of the blasts and 24 more then succumbed to their wounds in hospital, Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu told reporters in Ankara. He said that 186 people were wounded. - AFP
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30 killed, 126 injured in Ankara bomb attacks
At least 30 people were killed when twin explosions hit a rally of hundreds of pro-Kurdish and leftist activists outside Ankara's main train station on Saturday in what the government described as a terrorist attack, weeks ahead of an election.
A Reuters reporter saw bodies covered by flags and banners, with bloodstains and body parts scattered on the road. The interior ministry said 30 people were killed and 126 wounded.
Witnesses said the two explosions happened seconds apart shortly after 10:00am as crowds gathered for a planned march to protest over a conflict between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants in the southeast.
There were no claims of responsibility for the attack.

Witnesses said the two explosions happened seconds apart shortly after 10:00am (0700 GMT) as hundreds gathered for a planned "peace" march to protest against the conflict between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants in the southeast.
Violence between the state and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants has flared since July, when Turkey launched air strikes on militant camps in response to what it said were rising attacks on the security forces. Hundreds have since died.
Those involved in the peace march tended to the wounded lying on the ground, as hundreds of stunned people wandered around the streets. Bodies lay in two circles around 20 metres apart where the explosions had taken place.
The attacks come three weeks ahead of a parliamentary election in Turkey and at a time of multiple security threats, not only in the restive southeast but also from Daesh militants in neighbouring Syria and home-grown leftist militants. - Reuters 
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People carry an injured man after an explosion during a peace march in Ankara, Turkey
People carry an injured man after an explosion during a peace march in Ankara, Turkey
People ask for help and cover the dead bodies with banners after an explosion during a peace march in Ankara, Turkey
People ask for help and cover the dead bodies with banners after an explosion during a peace march in Ankara, Turkey
People lay on the ground as survivors surround them to offer help after an explosion during a peace march in Ankara, Turkey
People lay on the ground as survivors surround them to offer help after an explosion during a peace march in Ankara, Turkey

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