Tuesday , 24 January 2017

Ankara explosion: 28 people killed and 61 hurt after ‘terror attack’ in central distric

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Ankara governor says the huge explosion is believed to have been a car bomb as witnesses shared images of the scene on social media

At least 28 people were killed when a car bomb hit a military convoy in Ankara on Wednesday, in an attack blamed by Turkish security sources on Kurdish militants.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan convened an emergency security meeting in the wake of the blast, which is likely to inflame tensions over Turkey’s growing involvement in the war in Syria.

Turkey has been shelling positions inside Syria near their shared border, held by the PKK’s local affiliate the YPG, which has been backed by Russia against anti-Assad rebels and by the US against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

In the past year, the country has suffered a string of attacks by both Isil jihadists and Kurdish separatists. The latest assault comes after last month’s suicide bombing by Isil in the heart of Istanbul killed 11 tourists.

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