86 killed in twin blast in Turkey peace rally
11 October 2015, Nirapad News: At least 86 people died in two explosions that shook a road junction in the center of the Turkish capital Ankara on October 10 ahead of a ‘peace’ meeting.
Turkey health minister Mehmet Müezzionglu said nearly six hours after the attack, reports hurriyetdailynews.com.
The minister said during a televized press meeting that 62 people died at the attack scene in addition to 24 people who died at the hospitals.
Some 18 people were under surgery as 28 others were in intensive care, the minister said.
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.