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Turkey in mourning after blasts kill almost 100

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Turkey in mourning after blasts kill almost 100
Turkey in mourning after blasts kill almost 100

Ankara, 11 October 2015: Turkey is beginning three days of mourning after two blasts at a peace rally in the capital, Ankara, killed at least 95 people on Saturday, the deadliest ever such attack in Turkey left 245 people injured, with 48 of them in a serious condition.

Turkey in mourning after blasts kill almost 100
Turkey in mourning after blasts kill almost 100

TV footage showed scenes of panic and people lying on the ground covered in blood, amid protest banners.The government called the blasts a “terrorist act” and angrily rejected allegations that it was to blame.Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said there was evidence that two suicide bombers had carried out the attack, which comes three weeks before a re-run of June’s inconclusive parliamentary elections.

The blasts took place near the city’s central train station as people gathered for a march organised by leftist groups demanding an end to the violence between the Kurdish separatist PKK militants and the Turkish government.

The two explosions happened shortly after 10:00 as crowds gathered ahead of the rally. Amateur video footage showed a group of young people holding hands and singing, as the first blast hits.

No group has said it carried out the attack, but Mr Davutoglu suggested that Kurdish rebels or the Islamic State (IS) group were to blame.Terrorism experts have said the attack is similar to one that was carried out in Suruc in southern Turkey by IS in July in which 30 people died, says the BBC’s Selin Girit in Ankara.

 

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