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According to the BBC, there was a car bomb that exploded in Ankara, Turkey’s capital on Monday, March 14, 2016. Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu reported the death toll of 37 people. Additionally, 71 people are being attended to in the hospital.
The BBC reported that the explosion wounded more than 100 people. This latest explosion happened at 16:40 GMT in Guven Park in the Kizilay district, a busy commercial area, that is the center of activity for people. The Health Minister told reporters that of the 71 people being treated in the hospital, 15 were in serious condition.
The car bombing in Turkey’s capital of Ankara was the second car bombing in the city in less than a month. According to Reuters, the terror group, Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was found to be responsible for the attack. The explosions also destroyed several cars and a bus. Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan explained that terror groups were targeting civilians, as their ongoing battle with Turkish security forces was not gaining ground.
According to the BBC, the terror group that has been going after
Turkey’s metropolitan areas was an old adversary of the government. The PKK was formed in 1970 and has been engaging in a bitter violent dispute with the Turkey government since 1984, based on their stance of wanting an independent Kurdish State, inside Turkey. More than 40,000 people have died due to the conflict, which reached an all-time low in the ’90s when Kurdish villages were destroyed by the thousands, and Kurds took to the cities for safety.
Update: According to Reuters, security officials the person responsible for the suicide car bomb attack that killed 37 people in Ankara was a woman who joined the PKK in 2013. Security officials verify she was born in 1992. They identified her as being from the Turkish city of Kars.
By Juanita Lewis
Edited By Cathy Milne
Reuters: Death toll in Turkish car bomb attack rises to 37: health minister
BBC: Turkey explosion: Ankara car bomb kills at least 32
BBC: Profile: Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)
The Jerusalem Post: Turkish security officials: Evidence shows Ankara bomber was female Kurdish militant
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