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Car bomb kills 27 in Turkish capital Ankara

Car bomb kills 27 in Turkish capital Ankara
At least 27 people have been killed and 75 wounded after a large explosion in central Ankara, local media have reported. The attack took place next to a bus stop in the city while there were reports by NTV broadcaster that the attack was in fact a car bomb near Güvenpark in Kizilay. Several vehicles could be seen damaged by fire in live footage on Turkish television as ambulances could be heard in the background. Gunfire was reported after the attack. The Ankara governor’s office confirmed the death toll on Sunday night, just hours after the explosion. No group claimed the attack The blast comes two days after the US embassy warned its citizens that there was information about a “potential terrorist plot to attack Turkish government buildings and housing located in the Bahcelievler area of Ankara”. The embassy warned its citizens to avoid the area. Ankara has been hit by three bombings in the last five months including the worst terror attack in October during which 103 people were killed. In the attack late last year, two IS-linked suicide bombers launched their attack during a peace rally in the capital. Organisers and activists were calling for an end to fighting between the Turkish state and Kurdish militants after the collapse of the ceasefire earlier in the year. The city suffered another attack last month when 29 people were killed after a car bomb blamed on Kurdish militants. The majority of those killed during the recent attack were military personnel after their convoy was hit by the blast.
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