The victims of the terrorist attack in Ankara were at least 27 people, another 75 were injured. This was stated by the Governor of the Turkish capital Mehmet Kiliclar, Reuters reports referring to the local TV channel CNN Turk. Previously reported 15 dead.
The explosion took place on 13 March at 18:45 local time (19:45 MSK) at a bus stop in the center of the Turkish capital in time of rush hour. According to preliminary information, the car bomb collided with a bus, Reuters reported with reference to the Turkish TV channel TRT.
The attack took place in Ankara close to one of the offices of the Prime Minister of Turkey. From the site of tragedy to the office of the Turkish government about 200 meters as NTV television channel demonstrates.
The city center is completely blocked. Ambulances and fire brigades were sent to the place of the explosion.
According to RIA Novosti, the Turkish authorities have qualified the incident as the terrorist attack.
The witnesses of the explosion in Ankara Elena Kosenko said that terrorists carefully thought through time and place of the explosion: in the square Guven Park on weekends is always full of people. Residents make appointments here, come to rest or have a snack.
– This is a peaceful area, the civilian population are affected. These people were just on their way to home – she said.
She also clarified that currently security and medical emergency work at the explosion site.
Dozens of cars were still burning. There is no data on the dead yet.