Car Bomb Kills At Least 28 in Turkey's Capital

Officials are calling it a terrorist attack
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2016 6:20 PM CST
Car Bomb Kills At Least 28 in Turkey's Capital
Firefighters work at the scene of a fire from an explosion in Ankara, Turkey, on Wednesday. A car bomb is believed to have killed at least 28 people and injured dozens more near the country's parliament.   (IHA via AP)

At least 28 people are dead after an explosion struck three military vehicles and a civilian vehicle Wednesday in Turkey's capital of Ankara, CNN reports. Another 61 people were reported injured. According to the BBC, most of the victims are believed to be Turkish soldiers. The vehicles were stopped at a traffic light near Turkey's parliament during the evening commute when a car bomb exploded nearby, Al Jazeera reports. The blast could be heard around the city.

Multiple officials, including Turkey's deputy prime minister, are calling the attack the work of terrorists. The country is becoming a popular target for ISIS, with multiple deadly explosions in the past months. While no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, Turkish officials believe it was possibly carried out by the Kurdistan Worker's Party. "Our determination to respond in kind to attacks taking place inside and outside our borders is getting stronger with such acts," the BBC quotes a statement from Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following Wednesday's attack. (More Turkey stories.)

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