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Terrorist Attack in Ankara, Turkey Leaves Two Injured

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A terrorist attack in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, has left two policemen injured according to the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Turkey. Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Murray Foubister CC BY SA 2.0

A terrorist attack in Ankara, Turkey has left two policemen injured. Two terrorists detonated a device in Kizilay, a business area of Ankara. One of the offenders blew himself up, while the other was neutralized, according to Turkey’s Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya.

How the terrorist attack unfolded

The two terrorists planted a bomb in front of the General Directorate of Security in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Sunday morning.

Two police officers were mildly hurt in the attack. The attack took place at 9:30 am local time (0630 GMT), according to Yerlikaya. The explosion was also audible in front of the Turkish Interior Ministry, located in the city’s center.

Reaction following terrorist attack

Police forces tightened security in the region after an explosion, and gunshots were heard near the ministry building in Kizilay, the main city center in the Cankaya district of the capital. Furthermore, special operations police were sent to the area. The fire department and medical personnel are also present.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the head of the Turkish opposition, denounced the incident in Ankara and referred to it as “terrorism, a crime against humanity.”

“We will fight it together as a country, no matter from whom and where it comes…, and we will never give treacherous ambitions a chance,” the head of the Republican People’s Party declared.

Timeline of major Turkey terrorist attacks since 2016

The terrorist attack in Ankara follows a long line of similar attacks in Turkey.

At least twenty-eight people were murdered and sixty others were injured in a car bombing in Ankara in February 2016. In March of the same year, a car bombing in Ankara left at least thirty-seven people dead and more than seventy injured. During the same month, an explosion on the well-known Istiklal Street in the Taksim Square neighborhood of central Istanbul left at least five people dead and thirty-six injured.

At least forty-one people were murdered and approximately 239 others were injured in an incident in June 2016 at Istanbul’s Ataturk international airport.

In August 2016, a suicide assault took place in the province of Gaziantep in southeast Turkey. More than fifty people were killed, while several others were injured. In the Hakkari province, a vehicle bomb attack on a military facility resulted in at least eighteen fatalities in October 2016.

Nine individuals were murdered in a car explosion in Kurdish-dominated southeast Turkey in November 2016. ISIL claimed responsibility for this. At least thirty-eight people, predominantly police officers, were killed and more than 160 others were injured in two explosions that occurred in the Turkish city of Istanbul in December 2016.

Next year, at least thirty-nine people were killed in a nightclub attack in Istanbul. Furthermore, an explosion outside a court in Izmir killed at least two people, including a police officer, and wounded several others.

A car bomb detonation claimed the lives of at least three people in July 2019 in the southern Turkish town of Reyhanli. During the same year, a bomb went off as a van carrying villagers passed by in the Diyarbakir province and killed seven people while leaving ten others injured.

In 2022, an explosion in a crowded area of central Istanbul resulted in at least six fatalities and eighty-one injuries. A Greek woman was among the victims.

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