Explosion in Turkish Capital Kills 37

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14 March 2016
Suicide car bomb in the Turkish capital of Ankara kills 37 people and injures 125 others.

A suicide car bomb was detonated in the Turkish capital of Ankara, on Sunday, March 13, killing 37 people and injuring 125 others. This is the second suicide bombing in the city this month, and the third one this year. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and security officials blaim the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) responsible for the attack. Turkish airstrikes on targets in northern Iraq were carried out on Monday in response to the bombing, despite no one claiming responsibility for the attack.

Security officials said that the perpetrators were a man and a woman driving a luxury BMW, carrying explosives laced with pellets and nails to cause maximum damage. The explosion occurred near a crowded bus stop, a few hundred meters from the Justice and Interior ministries.

The severed hand of the suspected female perpetrator was found 300 meters from the blast site. Security officials said she was a known female member of the PKK, which has fought a three-decade insurgency for Kurdish autonomy in southeast Turkey. Evidence suggests that the woman was born in 1992 in the eastern city of Kars, and joined the PKK in 2013. The male suspect was a Turkish citizen with PKK links, although his identity has not been confirmed yet.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said that at least 11 people have been detained and 10 more are being tracked down in connection with the suicide car bombing. The Turkish military sent out 11 warplanes to carry out airstrikes on 18 PKK targets based in the mountains of northern Iraq on Monday.


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