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'Everyone is nervous': fear in Ankara as first bomb funerals are held

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By Alasdair Sandford  with Bora Bayraktar
'Everyone is nervous': fear in Ankara as first bomb funerals are held

Everyday life resumed on Monday close to the scene of Ankara’s latest bombing. But understandably there is fear on the streets of the Turkish capital, relatively quiet amid pouring rain.

The country faces threats from Kurdish militants and ISIL; local jihadist groups and leftist radicals have also staged attacks.

Kerem, a man who witnessed Sunday’s bomb, spoke to euronews.

“I was frozen with fear. I was standing (nearby). I rushed to the site and tried to help the wounded. I saw people burned inside a bus. They were still holding the seats. Human flesh was everywhere. Then police arrived and cordoned off the area. I helped the victims, we put them into ambulances,” he said.

We asked another man whether he was afraid.

“Of course,“he replied. “We are anxious. Not only for us but also for our families. For our relatives and friends. I hope this ends soon. Our lives are in danger. Everybody is nervous when they’re out walking or travelling by bus.”

Our correspondent in the Turkish capital, Bora Bayraktar, added: “People in Ankara are worried, and the usually busy city centre is far from crowded today.”

Meanwhile the funerals have been held for some of the people who died in Sunday night’s attack.

Many of the victims were young. Among them were a 16-year-old boy whose family had moved to Ankara to help fight his liver disease. Several students, at least one teacher, and a local politician were also killed.

Another victim was Kemal Bulut, the father of footballer Umut Bulut – a Turkish international who plays for the Istanbul club Galatasaray – who had apparently just watched his son’s side play a match against the Ankara club Gençlerbirliği.