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Bomb blast kills 37 in Ankara

14 March 2016

A car bomb blast killed at least 37 and wounded a further 125 people in Ankara on Sunday 13th March.

Interior Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu told a press conference that at least one of the dead was one of the assailants.

The bomb laden car exploded in the vicinity of ten bus stops. The area was immediately evacuated after the event, in case of a second attack.

The wounded were transported to ten hospitals across the capital.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was in Istanbul, was briefed by phone about the blast, according to presidential sources. Erdogan condemned the attack in a written statement, adding that “Turkey has become a target of terror attacks due to the instabilities in the region.”

Turkey will continue its determined fight against terrorism, he said.

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) immediately declared a broadcasting ban on images of the scene and victims.

An Ankara court has decided to close access to social media, including Facebook and Twitter in Turkey, after the terror attack in the Turkish capital.

The Golbasi Penal Court of Peace justified the decision saying that people were sharing photos related to the attack.

The United States had warned its citizens in a March 11 statement over a potential terror attack in Ankara.

“The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that there is information regarding a potential terrorist plot to attack Turkish government buildings and housing located in the Bahçelievler area of Ankara. U.S. citizens should avoid this area,” read the statement.

In a statement after the attack, the embassy said the source of the information in the warning was Turkish authorities and that it was a routine procedure.

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