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Three dead in Turkish capital blast

Turkey's interior minister says three people have been killed in an explosion in the capital that was probably terrorism.

Idris Naim Sahin says the explosion in Ankara that also left 15 people wounded is "highly likely to be a terrorist attack."

He said the bodies of three people were found in a building near a car that exploded in the Kizilay district. Mr Sahin says the car was purchased a week ago but it was not yet registered.

Mr Sahin said: "The explosion occurred in a place where car and people traffic is intense. It looks like the intention was to inflict as much harm to people as possible."

At least five of the wounded were in serious condition, said Sahin.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said police had information that a bomb was planted on the car, although other officials quoted a witness as saying that a burning gas canister had been tossed onto the vehicle.

The explosion sparked a series of blasts in adjacent vehicles.

Reyhan Altintas, a neighbourhood administrator, said she rushed outside after hearing a loud blast. It was followed by three other blasts, apparently caused by cars catching fire.

"I had never heard anything like it in my life," witness Adnan Yavuz said of the initial blast. "Then came another explosion and parts of a car dropped from the tree."


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