More than 80 killed in bomb blasts at peace rally in Turkey’s Ankara

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Image taken from a footage for the moment of the explosion in central Ankara on Saturday

ARA News 

ANKARA – More than 80 people were killed after two bomb explosions hit the Turkish capital of Ankara on Saturday. 

Turkey’s health minister confirmed the death of 86 people and the injury of 186 others.  

The explosions occurred near Ankara’s train station, as Kurdish and Turkish activists gathered to condemn the ongoing violence in the country. 

“The rally was organized to call for an end to the renewed violence between Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces,” Anadolu agency reported. 

The health minister said 62 people died at the scene while 24 others died after being taken to the hospital.

A video footage for the incident showed two explosions hitting a gathering for activists, followed by scenes of wounded people being transferred by ambulances amid a state of panic. 

Fighting has resumed between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Turkish forces after the collapse of a two-year ceasefire in July.

Dozens of Turkish security troops have been killed in the conflict, while Ankara says it has killed over 1,700 Kurdish rebels in a ferocious airstrikes campaign carried out in the southeastern areas of Turkey and in northern Iraq.

In July, a similar suicide attack hit the Kurdish town of Suruc in southern Turkey, claiming the lives of at least 30 young activists who were meeting to discuss the reconstruction of the neighbouring Syrian town of Kobane. 

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