Ankara bomb blast: Third major attack in the capital of Turkey since October 2015

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Emergency services gather at the scene of the explosion in Ankara's central Kizilay district on 13 March. The Ankara governor's office has reported that at least 27 people have been killed and 75 wounded in an explosion in the Turkish capital Ankara. The explosion is believed to have been a car bomb attack according to Ankara governor Mehmet Kiliclar. Getty Images

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Health Minister Mehmet Müezzinoglu said 30 people were killed at the scene of the explosion, while four others died on their way to the hospital, adding that two of them could be the attackers. Getty Images

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Emergency services help an injured person following the explosion in Ankara's central Kizilay district. The condition of nine people are still critical. The wounded were transferred to 10 different hospitals across Ankara. Getty Images

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This is the third major blast to hit the Turkish capital since October 2015. On 10 October, 2015, Islamic State militants bombed a peace rally near the Ankara Railway Station that killed 103 people. On 17 February, a suicide car bomb attack targeted military shuttles in the capital city on killing 29 people and injuring 81 others. Getty Images

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Turkish authorities banned Facebook and Twitter after images of the suicide bombing were spread on both social media platforms, media reported. According to a report, Turkish authorities took the decision after images spread on social media showing the suicide car bombing that killed several people in Ankara. Getty Images

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Two days before the attack, the US Embassy had issued a security warning about a potential plot to attack Turkish government buildings and housing in one Ankara neighborhood and asked American citizens to avoid those areas. The cab bomb went off in a different neighborhood. Getty Images

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement vowing to bring "terrorism to its knees" and said Turkey would use its right to self-defense to prevent future attacks. "Our people should not worry, the struggle against terrorism will for certain end in success and terrorism will be brought to its knees," Erdogan said. Getty Images


Updated Date: Mar 14, 2016 16:54 PM

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