Two attackers, together with a suicide bomber, have carried out a blast within the coronary heart of the Turkish capital, the nation’s Ministry of Inside stated, as authorities launched an investigation into the “terrorist” assault.
Each the attackers have been killed, certainly one of them blew himself up, and two cops have been wounded within the capital metropolis’s first blast in years.
They drove as much as the constructing’s primary entrance and set off the explosion within the space that’s house to ministerial buildings and parliament, the inside minister stated. The blast killed one of many attackers and authorities “neutralised” the opposite, he added.
Submit-blast footage by the Reuters information company confirmed a Renault cargo car parked, home windows shattered and doorways open, amid particles scattered on the road surrounded by troopers, police, ambulances, fireplace vans and armoured autos.
The bomb on Ataturk Boulevard was the primary in Ankara since 2016 and comes on the day that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is about to attend the opening session of parliament, situated one kilometre (0.6 miles) away.
A senior Turkish official instructed Reuters the attackers had hijacked the car and killed its driver in Kayseri, a metropolis 260km (161 miles) southeast of Ankara, earlier than finishing up the assault. One of many injured officers suffered shrapnel accidents, he added.
“Two terrorists got here with a light-weight business car in entrance of the doorway gate of the Normal Directorate of Safety of our Ministry of Inside Affairs and carried out a bomb assault,” Ali Yerlikaya, the inside minister, stated on social media platform X, previously often called Twitter.
He added that one blew himself up and the opposite was “neutralised”, which often means was killed, whereas the 2 officers have been barely injured within the incident at 9:30am (06:30 GMT).
Police additionally introduced they might perform managed explosions for “suspicious bundle incidents” in different components of Ankara.
Authorities didn’t determine any particular armed group.
The incident comes virtually a yr after six individuals have been killed and 81 wounded in an explosion in a busy pedestrian avenue in central Istanbul. Turkey blamed Kurdish militants for the explosion.
Erdogan was set at 7:30pm to attend the opening of parliament, which within the coming weeks is anticipated to think about ratifying Sweden’s bid to hitch NATO after Turkey had raised preliminary objections and delayed enlargement of the bloc.
President of the European Council Charles Michel stated he strongly condemned what he referred to as the “terrorist” assault, whereas EU Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi stated it helps Turkey “in its struggle in opposition to terrorism”.