BREAKING NEWS: TURKEY, EXPLOSION RIPS THROUGH ANKARA: UPDATED

20 Sep

Breaking News: Explosion In Ankara, Turkey.

At Least 15 Wounded In Turkey Explosion

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An explosion across a secondary school injured 10 people and set several vehicles on fire in the Turkish capital on Tuesday, an official said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blast in downtown Kizilay district but a local mayor, Bulent Tanik, said an eyewitness told them that someone threw a burning gas canister onto the vehicles from a nearby building.

“The investigation is underway,” Tanik said. “If true, that canister might have triggered the blast of a liquefied petroleum gas tank on a vehicle.”

One of the vehicles was totally burnt down and four others were also damaged, television images showed.

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REUTERS – Flames are seen in a street after a blast in central Ankara September 20, 2011. A bomb blast rocked the centre of the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday and some media reports said two people were …more 

Police forensic and security officials are seen after a suspected car bomb exploded …

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A suspected car bomb went off near a high school in the Turkish capital on Tuesday, igniting other vehicles and killing three people in a nearby building, the interior minister said. The blast also wounded 15 people.

The explosion was “highly likely to be a terrorist attack,” said Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin. “The explosion occurred in a place where car and people traffic is intense. It looks like the intension was to inflict as much harm to people as possible.”

The parked car was purchased a week ago but it was not yet registered.

Kurdish rebels fighting for autonomy in southeastern Turkey have recently escalated their attacks on Turkish targets, but Islamist and leftist militants have also carried out some bombings in this NATO member and U.S. ally.

Kurdish rebels were blamed for a small bomb attack in the Mediterranean resort town of Kemer that wounded 10 people, including four Swedes on Aug. 28. Turkish warplanes bombed suspected rebel hideouts in northern Iraq last month in response to the escalation of attacks by the guerrillas.

The bodies of three people were found in a building near the car that exploded in downtown Ankara, Sahin said. Fifteen people were also wounded, he added.

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

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

“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.”

The wounded were initially treated in the school yard before medics rushed to the scene and whisked them away to hospitals, NTV television said. Authorities evacuated the school as worried parents rushed to pick up their children.

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Associated Press Writers Suzan Fraser and Burhan Ozbilici in Ankara contributed to this report.

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NTV television said 10 people were hospitalized. Tanik said three people were seriously injured and some of them might have lost their limbs.

The blast occurred across the school but no student was harmed, Tanik said.

The injured were initially treated in the school yard by people in the street before medics rushed to the scene and whisked them away to hospitals, NTV television said.

Interior Minister Besir Atalay inspected the scene but police did not yet make a statement.

Kurdish, leftist and Islamic militants have carried out bomb attacks in Turkey in the past.

NEWS UPDATE:

Two killed in Ankara blast.

A powerful explosion killed two people and left up to ten injured in the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday morning.

Turkish television broadcasters are showing several vehicles on fire in the city following the explosion.

CNN-Turk television, citing unnamed interior ministry officials, say the blast occurred on a minibus in the downtown Kizilay district on Tuesday. NTV television says at least 10 people have been injured.

The blast blew out windows of shops and offices in the surrounding area and sparked a fire which was later put out by firefighters at the scene, NTV said, adding that the cause of the explosion was not yet known.

Some reports are quoting police officers claiming the blast came from a bomb, possibly inside a vehicle.

The explosion happened in front of the Cankaya local administrator’s office close to Ankara’s Kizilay square, the Anatolia news agency said.

The Telegraph

NEWS UPDATE:

Petrol explosion shakes Ankara
Turkey petrol station explosion

The explosion set nearby buildings alight

A powerful explosion at a petrol station in the Turkish capital, Ankara, has injured 110 people.The explosion occurred as a tanker was discharging liquefied petroleum at the station, which is located in a residential area.

A wedding party in a hall located above the gas station was full with about 300 people at the time.

Several ambulances rushed to the scene and the injured are being taken to local hospitals.

Turkey’s Health Minister, Recep Akdag, told reporters at the scene that no one had been killed.

The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has also visited the scene.

Instant inferno

Witnesses say they saw a fireball rise into the air following the blast.

“First the sky lit up and then there was a huge fireball,” said Caner Senyuva, who saw the explosion from a nearby high-rise apartment block.

“The sky was covered in smoke,” said witness Miles MacAlister, from New Zealand.

Turkey blast rocks Ankara

Over 100 wounded waited to be taken to hospital

“There is a massive plume of black smoke and at the bottom the fire is still raging.”

There are reports that the fire is spreading to other buildings and police have evacuated the area.

Ten people were killed and 13 injured after a gas explosion ripped through a dormitory at a Turkish religious college in June.

A leaking gas container is thought to have caused the explosion, at a school in the city of Kayseri, 770 kilometres (480 miles) south-east of Istanbul, in the middle of the night while students slept.

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NEWS UPDATE:

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A suspected car bomb exploded across a secondary school in the Turkish capital on Tuesday, wounding 15 people, authorities said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack comes at a time when Kurdish rebels fighting for autonomy in southeastern Turkey have escalated their attacks on Turkish targets. The rebels carried out deadly bomb attacks in Turkish cities in the past. Islamic and leftist militants were also behind some bombings in this NATO-member and U.S. ally country.

“There is information that a bomb was planted on the vehicle,” that exploded in the downtown Kizilay district, said Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc.

The blast wounded 15 people, said Besir Atalay, another deputy prime minister. At least three of the injured were in serious condition and some of them reportedly lost their limbs.

“I felt the blast effect of the explosion some 500 meters (547 yards) away,” said Ekrem Erkoc, a 42-year-old eyewitness. “I saw vehicles on fire and an injured man said people lost their limbs.”

The injured were initially treated in the school yard before medics rushed to the scene and whisked them away to hospitals, NTV television said.

Kurdish rebels were last blamed for a small bomb attack in the Mediterranean resort town of Kemer on Aug. 28 that injured 10 people, including four Swedish nationals.

Kurdish rebels have been fighting for autonomy in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast since 1984.

Turkish warplanes have bombed suspected rebel hideouts in northern Iraq last month in response to an escalation of attacks by the guerrillas. Turkey has not ruled out a cross-border offensive against Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq.

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