ANKARA: Two attackers detonated a bomb in entrance of Turkish authorities buildings in Ankara on Sunday (Oct 1) in an assault that left each of them useless and two cops wounded, in what authorities known as the capital’s first terrorist assault in years.
CCTV footage obtained by Reuters confirmed a automobile pulling as much as the Inside Ministry’s important gate and certainly one of its occupants shortly strolling towards the constructing earlier than being engulfed in an explosion, whereas the opposite stays on the road.
The blast killed one of many terrorists and authorities “neutralised”, or killed, the opposite, the inside minister mentioned of the incident that rattled a central district that’s residence to ministerial buildings and close by parliament.
In a speech on the opening of a brand new parliamentary session hours later, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan known as the morning assault “the newest try” to inflict terror on Turks.
“Those that threaten the peace and safety of residents haven’t achieved their objectives and by no means will,” he mentioned.
The bomb on Ataturk Boulevard was the primary in Ankara since 2016, when a spate of lethal assaults gripped the nation. Video afterwards confirmed a Renault cargo automobile parked there, home windows shattered and doorways open, amid particles and surrounded by troopers, ambulances, fireplace vans and armoured autos.
A senior Turkish official instructed Reuters the attackers had hijacked the automobile and killed its driver in Kayseri, a metropolis 260km 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 lightweight business automobile 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, mentioned on social media platform X.
He added the 2 officers had been barely injured within the incident at 9:30am native time.
“Our battle will proceed till the final terrorist is neutralised,” he mentioned, echoing condemnation by different Turkish officers.