Two explosions struck Saturday morning in the heart of Ankara, the Turkish capital, killing more than 80 people and injured 186 people who had gathered for a peace rally and heightening tensions just three weeks before snap parliamentary elections.
The blasts, which officials called the deadliest terrorist attack in modern Turkey’s history, occurred near Ankara’s main train station just as Kurds and leftists planned to march to protest the recent resumption of armed conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish militants.
A witness, Oya Barlas, a Kurdish activist, said:
- “After the first explosion, I just ran. When I went back to help there were bodies on the floor and blood spattered everywhere.”
Turkish authorities were investigating claims that the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers.
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