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At least 28 killed by car bomb in Turkish capital Ankara

By Staff Reporter

Published 18/02/2016

Turkey's president has condemned a car bomb attack in the capital which killed at least 28 people, saying it exceeds all
Turkey's president has condemned a car bomb attack in the capital which killed at least 28 people, saying it exceeds all "moral and humane boundaries". (Photo by Erhan Ortac/Getty Images)

Turkey's president has condemned a car bomb attack in the capital which killed at least 28 people, saying it exceeds all "moral and humane boundaries".

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country is determined to fight those who carried out the attack in Ankara as well as the "forces" behind the assailants.

The attack during rush hour yesterday targeted vehicles carrying military personnel that had stopped at traffic lights. At least 28 people were killed and another 61 wounded.

Deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus confirmed the explosion was caused by a car bomb. He said seven prosecutors have been assigned to investigate the attack, which he described as "well-planned".

Mr Erdogan has cancelled a planned visit on Thursday to Azerbaijan following the blast.

No group has yet claimed responsibility, but Mr Kurtulmus pledged authorities would find those behind the attack.

Kurdish rebels, the Islamic State (IS) group and a leftist extremist group have carried out attacks in the country recently.

The attack comes at a tense time when the Turkish government is facing an array of challenges.

A fragile peace process with the Kurdish rebels collapsed in the summer.

Turkey has also been helping efforts led by the US to combat IS in neighbouring Syria and has faced several deadly bombings in the past year that were blamed on IS.

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