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Turkey twin blasts: 95 killed, 246 wounded in Ankara protest rally

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 5:41 IST

According to the latest death toll update, 95 people have died while 246 have been injured, with 48 in intensive care after a terrorist attack on a protest rally in Turkey's capital Ankara on Saturday, 10 October.

The twin blasts occurred outside the city's central train station at a rally organised by Leftist and pro-Kurdish opposition groups. They were protesting against the violence between the Turkish authorities and the Kurdish separatist group Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). This comes ahead of the snap polls in the country on 1 November.

Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), one of the organising groups for the peace rally, put the death toll at 128 in a tweet from their official account. This figure was not confirmed by the Turkish government.

"We curse and condemn this atrocious attack taking aim at our democracy and our country's peace," a statement by the Turkish government said on 10 October.

Talking to AFP, the Turkish authorities said that they 'suspect a terrorist connection.'

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Saturday, 10 October, declared three days of mourning on and said there were "strong signs" the attack was carried out by two suicide bombers.

Selahattin Demirtas, co-chair of the People's Democratic Party (Turkey) HDP, a pro-Kurdish party, which was also participating in the rally, said : "We are witnessing a massacre here. A cruel and barbarian attack was carried out. The death toll is high."

No group has taken the responsibility for the blast so far.

With agency inputs

First published: 11 October 2015, 11:40 IST
 
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