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Car bombing kills at least 27 people in Turkey's capital

By Staff Reporter

Published 14/03/2016

The wreckage of a car after the blast in Ankara. Photo: Defne Karadeniz/Getty Images
The wreckage of a car after the blast in Ankara. Photo: Defne Karadeniz/Getty Images

A car bombing in Turkey's capital has killed at least 27 people and wounded around 75 others.

The blast occurred next to several bus stops near a park on Ankara's main boulevard, Ataturk Bulvari, close to the main square, Kizilay.

It was reported that a car, believed to be laden with explosives, blew up close to a bus. Several vehicles then caught fire.

The area is close to government offices, including ministries.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is convening an emergency security meeting.

The deadly blast - the third in the city in five months - came just three weeks after a suicide car bombing in the capital targeted buses carrying military personnel, killing 29 people. A Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility for that attack.

Yesterday's attack came two days after the US Embassy issued a warning about a potential plot to attack government buildings and housing in one Ankara neighbourhood and asked its citizens to avoid those areas.

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