Terrorism is being blamed for an explosion in Turkey’s capital that has killed three people and wounded over 30 more.
A suspected car bomb ripped through central Ankara less than a kilometre from government buildings including the prime minister’s office. Five of those hurt were in a critical condition.
“It was very powerful,” said one eyewitness. “We literally shook. Our office was totally destroyed, wounded people were all over the floor. People were burning. God help us. It was terrible.”
Kurdish separatists, leftists and Islamist militants have carried out bombings in Turkish cities in the past. No one has claimed responsibility for this explosion in a busy commercial area.
“The blast occurred in Kumrular Street where a lot of people park their cars and a lot of people are passing by,” said Turkish Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin. “We can see that their aim was to kill as many people as possible.”
The minister said a parked car had exploded, setting off a chain of blasts as other vehicles blew up. Other reports suggested a burning gas cylinder could have been the cause.
Several people have been arrested, including, it is reported, a woman detained near the scene.