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 At least 97 killed in Ankara explosion

Two powerful bombs exploded at a peace rally near the main train station in Ankara on Saturday morning, killing at least 97 people and wounding around 400 others in the deadliest attack in the Turkish capital in recent memory.

Censor.NET reports citing Radio Svoboda

The number of casualties announced late Saturday by the prime minster's officer was lower than the figures given earlier by the Turkish Medical Association. That agency said 97 people had died and more than 400 were wounded. The prime minster's office said 48 victims were in intensive care. The reason for the lower casualty figures wasn't clear.

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The explosions happened during a peace march involving, among others, the pro-Kurdish HDP, or People's Democratic Party. Most of the victims were attending a lunchtime demonstration calling for an end to the renewed conflict between the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Turkish government.

About 14,000 people were in the area. Two suicide bombers are believed to have caused the blasts, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

The attack came three weeks before national elections. Following the attack, for which no group has claimed responsibility, bodies lay in front of the station on Hipodrum Street and bystanders and paramedics tended to the wounded as a police helicopter circled overhead.

 
 
 
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