February 21, 2024

Two police officers were injured in a suicide bombing near government buildings in Ankara. One assailant died in the blast and the other was killed in a shootout with police.

A suicide bomber has detonated an explosive device in front of government buildings in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Two police officers were injured in the attack on Sunday morning, hours before parliament was scheduled to reopen after a three-month summer recess.

Two terrorists carried out the attack, Turkey’s interior minister Ali Yerlikaya said. One died in the blast and the other was killed in a shootout with police.

The injured officers are being treated in hospital and were not in a serious condition, according to media reports.

Militants from the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have claimed responsibility for the bombing, according to a statement released through the Euphrates News Agency.

Television footage showed bomb squads working near a parked vehicle in the area, located near the Turkish Grand National Assembly and other government buildings.

A rocket launcher could be seen lying near the vehicle.

There was no immediate information on the assailants. Kurdish and far-left militant groups as well as the Islamic State group have carried out deadly attacks throughout the country in the past.

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Justice minister Yilmaz Tunc said an investigation has been launched into the “terror attack”.

“These attacks will in no way hinder Turkey’s fight against terrorism,” he wrote on X.

“Our fight against terrorism will continue with more determination.”

The bombing, the first to hit Ankara in a number of years, comes almost a year after six people were killed and 81 were wounded in an explosion in a busy pedestrian street in central Istanbul in November last year.

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