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January 20, 2021

Turkey Blast Kills 34

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By Meleasie Goviro, EM TV News, Port Moresby

A car bomb claimed the lives of 34 people in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Sunday, and wounded at least 125 more.

Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, initial findings suggested the attack was carried out by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) or an affiliated militant group.

Interior Minister, Efkan Ala, said the name of the group behind the attack would likely be announced after investigations were completed today.

Video footage from Reuters showed burning debris showering down on what appeared to be the entrance to an underpass just a few hundred metres from Turkey’s military headquarters, parliament and other key government institutions.

State broadcaster TRT reported the bomb went off in a crowded transport hub yesterday, hitting a bus carrying some 20 people.

“The car came near to us. Ten seconds later the seats in the bus flew following explosions. A piece of metal crashed into me. There was a black car. I saw five people dead. I received a piece (of debris) to here (indicates forehead) and to my arm,” said a survivor of the explosion, Dogan Asir, still covered in blood from wounds he sustained.

The wounded were rushed to a hospital as police with riot shields sealed off the site for investigations to commence.

30 of those killed had died at the scene, while four others died in hospital.

At least one or two of the 30 people who died at scene are the perpetrators of the terrorist attack.

A police source said the severed hand of one of the alleged perpetrators, was found 300 meters from the blast site.

The bombing appeared to be similar to a bomb attack less than a month just a block away

A source told Reuters that the explosives were the same kind as those used in the previous attack except reinforced with pellets and nails for maximum damage.


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