Blasts in Turkish capital kill at least 20 people: Media


At least 20 people were killed in explosions on Saturday outside the main train station in the Turkish capital Ankara where people were gathering for a peace march, Dogan news agency reported.

A Reuters reporter at the scene saw at least 15 bodies covered by flags, with bloodstains and body parts scattered on the road.

Meanwhile AFP has reported, that at least 20 have been killed while 100 have been injured.

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.


This is a developing story and will updated as we receive reports from the field