Dozens dead in explosion in Turkish capital

Dozens dead in explosion in Turkish capital

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The Sunday explosion in Ankara was caused by a car bomb.

A blast shook the Turkish capital of Ankara Sunday, leaving at least 27 dead and 75 wounded, according to government officials.

The explosion, which occurred after a car slammed into a bus, was caused by a car bomb that detonated close to bus stops on the city’s main boulevard, Ataturk Bulvari. The area — near Guven Park at Kizilay, Ankara’s main square — is close to government offices. 

Some reported hearing gunfire after the explosion and a witness told Reuters that smoke could be seen from 1.5 miles away.

Several other vehicles caught on fire and the explosion shattered shop windows along the square.

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Initial reports indicated that the Turkish explosion happened after a bus slammed into a car.

Dogan Asik said he was on the bus when the blast went off. 

“We were thrown further back into the bus from the force of the explosion,” the 28-year-old said. Asik’s arm and face were injured in the attack. 

Emergency responders arrived on scene and police sealed off the area, warning of a possible second bomb.

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A large blast in Ankara has left dozens dead.

The Turkish government’s Radio and Television Supreme Council issued a broadcasting ban on footage and photos of the scene, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is reportedly convening an emergency security meeting. 

The attack came two days after the U.S. Embassy issued a warning of a “potential terrorist plot to attack Turkish government buildings and housing located in the Bahcelievler area of Ankara.

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People help an injured person on the ground near the site of explosion in Turkey on Sunday.

“U.S. citizens should avoid this area,” the notice read.

The explosion comes weeks after Kurdish militants claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack that killed 29 and injured 81 in central Ankara.

In October, ISIS militants bombed a peace rally in a railway station, leaving more than 100 casualties.

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