At least five people were killed in Ankara on Wednesday when a vehicle laden with explosives detonated as military buses waited at traffic lights in the centre of the Turkish capital.

Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the attack was an act of terrorism. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who had been due to leave for a trip to Brussels later on Wednesday, cancelled the trip, an official in his office said.

The governor’s office said the attack happened near the parliament, government buildings and military headquarters. Ambulance crews struggled to rescue the injured amid chaotic crowd scenes.

“I heard a huge explosion. There was smoke and a really strong smell even though we were blocks away,” a Reuters witness said.

Turkish media reports said many people were injured.

The blast comes after an attack in Ankara in October blamed on Islamic State, when two suicide bombers struck a rally of pro-Kurdish and labour activists outside the capital’s main train station, killing more than 100 people.

Kurdish militants, radical leftists and Islamic radicals, have all staged bombings in Turkey in recent years.

A central strategy of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey, has been to attack military targets, although it has largely focused on the mainly Kurdish southeast.

Reuters

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☫Plutonium General ☫
☫Plutonium General ☫
2016-02-17 21:18

massacring Kurds Cizre and elsewhere and u get this

Fikret Taurus
Fikret Taurus
2016-02-17 22:17

@leithfadel And it’s most likely that this attack is a provacative setup to persuade #Turkish public opinion for invasion

Fikret Taurus
Fikret Taurus
2016-02-17 22:14

@leithfadel Erdogan is going to use this bomb attack for his ambitions of invading Syria

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2016-02-18 10:13
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Shane Poole
Shane Poole
2016-02-17 18:58

@leithfadel I’m hearing 11 dead and 45 wounded ,no matter the chickens are coming home to roost

Федянин Алексей
Федянин Алексей
2016-02-17 18:26

@leithfadel SOOO strange…

Ferhat Erdal
Ferhat Erdal
2016-02-17 18:23

turkey said 11 were killed.

Achillus
Achillus
2016-02-17 21:19

Death toll risen to 28+

TROPA SOCIALISTA
TROPA SOCIALISTA
2016-02-17 22:57

@leithfadel #BreakingNews A huge bomb blast in diyarbakir right now. #twitterkurds#amed

loc v nguyen
loc v nguyen
2016-02-18 02:04

Sir, THIS ATTACK BY/FOR ERDOGAN? OR THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF ERDOGAN? LET’S SEE

Yarbay Ali Tatar
Yarbay Ali Tatar
2016-02-18 05:32

@leithfadel 28 killed 61 wounded so far.

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2016-02-18 09:10

This concerns me a lot… I think this is the beginning of something ‘Big’ and Turkey will get the go ahead to invade Syria from the US.

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2016-02-18 09:56
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This is what is exactly what I was concerned about…Now Turkey are blaming the Syrian regime for the attack and claiming \” The right to take all kinds of measures against the Syrian regime is reserved for us,” :(((
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syrian-regime-responsible-for-ankara-bomb-attack-pm.aspx?pageID=238&nID=95358&NewsCatID=352