30 killed in Turkey twin blasts
Published: October 10, 2015 4:28 pm
10 October 2015, Nirapad News: Two explosions shook a road junction in the center of the Turkish capital Ankara on October 10, causing many casualties including fatalities, at least 30 according to Turkey interior ministry, ahead of a ‘peace’ meeting.
Dogan News Agency reported, says hurriyetdailynews.com.
At least 126 people were injured at the attacks, the ministry said in a written statement.
The blasts were at the two sides of the exit of the main train station in the city, where the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) supporters were gathering.
The cause of the blasts was not immediately clear.
Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported that it could be a suicide bomber, as eye witnesses said human flesh was all over the scene.
Blasts occurred ahead of a planned ‘peace’ march organized by labor unions and a number of NGOs to protest against the conflict between the state and militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in southeast Turkey.
Organizers have cancelled the meeting, calling on participants from other cities to return.
They also called on people to donate blood for numbers of injured people at Ankara hospitals.
The police emptied the scene to avoid more casualties in any possible third attack.
HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas said in Istanbul that the attack was very similar to the two recent attacks in Diyarbakir and Suruç.
‘The toll is very high,’ he said.
On June 5, two days before the general elections that took HDP to the parliament as a party group, four people died in a twin bomb attack on a HDP rally in Diyarbakir, one of the strongholds of the party in the southeast, where Demirtas was scheduled to address the crowd.
Turkey is now heading for a re-election on November 1, as the former election failed to produce a one-party or coalition government.
A sum of 33 people died in a July 20 attack on a socialist youth group by the Islamic State (IS) of Iraq and Syria in the southeastern district of Suruç.