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Bomb explodes in front of Justice Ministry in Ankara

20 March 2013

One person has been injured in a bomb explosion in front of the Turkish Justice Ministry in Ankara late yesterday, while the Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in the city was also attacked by a flame thrower.  A Turkish flag was put on the AKP headquarters building to cover the damage

Police teams and ambulances were immediately transferred to the scenes after the blasts, with the police taking strict measures in the surrounding area. Police precautions were increased across the city.

One person was injured in a double fragmentation bomb attack somewhere close to the car park of the ministry, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said in a televised interview. The injured individual was the spouse of a ministry employee and was released after treatment, he said.

Interior Minister Muammer Güler said in a televised interview that some equipment of the thrower was found close to the scene and that police were searching the area.

The minister also confirmed that the attack on the AKP building was probably realized by a flamethrower attack.

Double bomb attack hits AKP HQ, ministry building in Ankara

Dogan News Agency reported that the bomb hit a point between the eight and seventh floors, where the office of Prime Minister Erdogan is located.

Erdogan is currently in the Netherlands for an official visit, but he has been informed of the attacks by both Ergin and Guler.

Interior Minister Muammer Güler has denied reports that two people were detained in connection to the attacks.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “Serious information and findings have been gathered” and added a more detailed statement would be made later.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınc said it was possible the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) might have been the culprit.

“Although not being definite, the terror organization DHKP/C may have carried out the attacks,” Arınc said, noting that certain findings suggest the organization might have been involved.

Arınc, however, did not exclude the possibility that the attack was an act of sabotage aimed at the ongoing resolution process, while recalling the killing of three PKK members in Paris on Jan. 9.“I consider this as an action launched against democracy,” he said. Separate reports said a written statement carrying the name of the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C) was left at the scene in front of the ministry.

Police have been continuing operations against the group since it claimed responsibility for the Feb. 1 suicide attack targeting the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, which killed one person, as well as the attacker, Ecevit Sanlı.

The attack also comes at a time when the Turkish government is engaged in its process to find a peaceful solution to the Kurdish issue.

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