At least 30 killed, 126 injured in suspected suicide bomb in Ankara.(BUGUN).
Party leader Selahattin Demirtaş was the intended target?
An explosion went off at 10.00 am local time (7.00 am GMT) as people began gathering on Hipodrom Avenue in front of the Ankara Train Station Saturday morning for a ‘Labor, Peace, Democracy’ anti-war rally that was to take place in the afternoon.
Local media is reporting that the attacks were suicide bombings. Government officials have directly referred to the deadly bombing as a “terrorist attack” and have announced that they are investigating claims that a suicide bomber was responsible.
Doğan News Agency is says that there are at least 20 dead alongside hundreds of injured. Eyewitnesses told Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency that they observed human flesh all over the scene.
Emergency medical teams rushed to the site as early as 10.05 am local time (7.05 am GMT).
The historic train station also suffered major damage.
Organized by the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (KESK), the peace rally was to include members of Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions (DİSK), Turkish Union of Engineers and Architects' Chambers (TMMOB), the Turkish Doctor's Association (TTB) and the pro-Kurdish, leftwing People’s Democratic Party (HDP). The event has been cancelled by the organizers.
Saturday’s bombing brings to mind dual blasts during an HDP election rally in June in the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakır.
The blasts occurred five minutes apart at the event just as party leader Selahattin Demirtaş was preparing to address the crowd of tens of thousands. 4 died and hundreds injured in the attack. Hmmm....I see a civil war breaking out soon, unless the dictator flees as soon he realizes he's loosing the elections. Read the full story here.
#BREAKING #Ankara`s Death Toll Rises to 97 400 Injured @ Numune Hospital See Image of Victims http://t.co/97ecOCwkoF pic.twitter.com/f7j1kx474m— Ozer Khalid (@OzerKhalid) October 10, 2015
Demirtaş: This attack does not target the unity of the people and the state. This is an attack by the state targeting people. #AnkaraBombing— Gilgo (@dijraberi) October 10, 2015
#Turkey: Prime Ministry issues a broadcast ban on TVs for the coverage of deadliest terror attack in Turkish capital. HARDLY SURPRISED.— Abdullah Bozkurt (@abdbozkurt) October 10, 2015
#PT The peace rally was organised by a platform consisting main trade unions in Turkey. They declare general strike in Turkey on 12-13 Oct.— Gilgo (@dijraberi) October 10, 2015
#Turkey: Public prosecutor Alparslan Karabay @alpkara06 claims #US (read as @cia) behind deadly attack in Ankara pic.twitter.com/8zeYJVPIjs— Abdullah Bozkurt (@abdbozkurt) October 10, 2015
#Irony There's a media ban on reports about #Ankara bombings which killed 86 (#Turkey's deadliest) LIVE on TV - 3 Ministers talking about it— Laura Wells (@wellsla) October 10, 2015
Turkey Forestry Min.on target of bombing:"be careful of such provocateurs who organize terrorist demos" v @HasanSari7 http://t.co/PndznKtRIM— Laura Wells (@wellsla) October 10, 2015
Turkish govt. places media ban on reports of 1 of #Turkey's deadliest #bombings Twitter block, too v @lucasthorpe https://t.co/jon7XQb3vk— Laura Wells (@wellsla) October 10, 2015
#Turkey's deadliest #terrorist bombing in its history in #Ankara today 86 dead 186 injured in hospital 28 in ICU 18 in surgery— Laura Wells (@wellsla) October 10, 2015
30ppl killed & 126 wounded in 2explosions outside the main #TrainStation in #Ankara #AnkaraBombing #AnkaraBlast pic.twitter.com/KW9flfMvfu— Bayezid (@BayezidTweets) October 10, 2015
After the twin explosions, police attaced people with tear gas and water cannons. #10EA #AnkaraBombing pic.twitter.com/RbYLcx2tLI— znv (@zy_bia) October 10, 2015
💥 LATEST: 3 Turkish political parties suspend election activities following #Ankara bomb blasts http://t.co/7MiKr69KtL #AnkaraBombing"— Hasan Sari (@HasanSari7) October 10, 2015
💥 NOW: #Demirtaş: Gang leaders can hold safe rallies in this country, but those who want peace are murdered- HDP. #Turkey #AnkaraBombing"— Hasan Sari (@HasanSari7) October 10, 2015
💥 #Demirtaş condemns deadly bomb blasts, points blame to government http://t.co/6duZkZZEIH pic.twitter.com/DuDhufcvW7 #HDP #AnkaraBombing"— Hasan Sari (@HasanSari7) October 10, 2015
💥HDP: Ankara attacks very similar to pre-election bomb attack on rally in Diyarbakır. http://t.co/uz4HoEFX8b #Suruc #Turkey #AnkaraBombing"— Hasan Sari (@HasanSari7) October 10, 2015
Demirtaş: The state has become a mafia and serial killer http://t.co/KJnD2yy9AJ pic.twitter.com/GziSLmtOkC— #Silvan (@Zuttish) October 10, 2015
What's happening to #Turkey? Bombings Jun.5 Diyarbakir 4 dead,100 injured July20 Suruc 33 dead,100+injured Oct.10 Ankara 20+dead,100+injured— Laura Wells (@wellsla) October 10, 2015
Steel ball from Ankara explosion. Points to a terrorist attack. https://t.co/DxS0TZwOyE— Green lemon (@green_lemonnn) October 10, 2015
Turkish Interior Ministry: 30 killed and more than 126 wounded #Ankarabombing— Cahida Dêrsim (@dilkocer) October 10, 2015