Blast at road junction in Turkish capital, many casualties: Media


At least one explosion shook a road junction in the center of the Turkish capital Ankara on Saturday, causing many casualties including fatalities, local media said.

The state-run Anadolu Agency said there were reports that the blast was caused by a suicide bomber, but the source of those reports was unclear.

The blast occurred ahead of a planned “peace” march to protest against the conflict between the state and Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey. Earlier media reports had said there were two explosions.

Dogan news agency video footage showed those involved in the march tending to wounded individuals lying on the ground while hundreds of people wandered around the streets.

The cause of the blast was not immediately clear but a government official told Reuters it was being investigated.

The explosion occurred at a time of growing security concerns in Turkey, and three weeks ahead of a parliamentary election.