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ISIL responsible for Ankara bomb blasts: Davutoglu

12 October 2015

The twin bomb blasts in Ankara on Saturday were the work of ISIL suicide bombers, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is the focus of investigations into a twin suicide bombing that killed at least 97 people in the Turkish capital Ankara and investigators are close to identifying one of the suspects, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday.

On the day of the bombings the Prime Minister said they were an attempt to influence the outcome of the General Election scheduled for 1st November.

“It was definitely a suicide bombing. DNA tests are being conducted. It was determined how the suicide bombers got there. We’re close to a name, which points to one group,” he said of the worst attack in Turkey of its kind.

Two senior security sources told Reuters on 11th October that initial signs suggested ISIL was behind the attack, and that it bore a striking similarity to a July suicide bombing in Suruç near the Syrian border, also blamed on the radical Islamists.

The two explosions happened seconds apart on 10th October as hundreds gathered for a march organised by pro-Kurdish activists and civic groups to protest over a conflict between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants in the southeast.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), which said it was the target of the attack, has put the death toll at 128 and said it had identified all but eight of those bodies. Davutoglu’s office has said 97 people were killed.

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