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Deadly Ankara blasts highly likely to be suicide bombings, says Turkish PM

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By Euronews  with Reuters, Dogan
Deadly Ankara blasts highly likely to be suicide bombings, says Turkish PM

<p>At least 86 people have died in <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/10/ankara-dozens-killed-in-twin-blasts-turkey-blames-on-terrorism/">twin blasts in Ankara</a>, which Turkish officials claim are likely to have been suicide bombings.</p> <p>In the deadliest attack of its kind in modern Turkey’s history, the explosions ripped through a rally of pro-Kurdish and leftist activists in the centre of the country’s capital. </p> <p>==<blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Update: Death toll from twin blasts in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Turkey?src=hash">#Turkey</a> rises to 86 (<span class="caps">AFP</span> pic) <a href="http://t.co/WYufW3sBmz">http://t.co/WYufW3sBmz</a> <a href="http://t.co/EFM0Cy2a33">pic.twitter.com/EFM0Cy2a33</a></p>— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/652838972163358720">October 10, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>``</p> <p>Health Minister, Mehmet Muezzinoglu, announced 186 people had been injured, 28 of whom are said to be in intensive care. </p> <p>Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced the government has “substantial intelligence that the attack was undertaken by two suicide bombers.” </p> <p>He has declared three days of national mourning. </p> <p>The blasts occurred in quick succession near the exit of Ankara’s main train station, at 10.04 am local time. </p> <p>Turkish government officials say they are treating the incident as a terrorist attack</p> <p>Davutoglu quickly arranged a meeting with heads of Turkey’s police and intelligence agencies. He has been roundly criticised by the opposition in the aftermath of the blasts.</p> <p>Leader of the opposition <span class="caps">CHP</span> Party Kemal Kilicdaroglu told the press:<br /> “I don’t want to blame anyone in particular today. But, of course, we have to underline something: is this how a country is being ruled? We can live together peacefully in this country.”</p> <p>The pro-Kurdish <span class="caps">HDP</span> has blamed the ruling AK Party for the attack, with leader Selahattin Demirtaş reportedly labelling the <span class="caps">AKP</span> “murderers.” Both parties have cancelled forthcoming rallies for the November 1 general election.</p>