Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bomb blast injures up to 15 in Ankara, Turkey

Powerful bomb exploded in the centre of the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday, wounding up to 15 people, senior government officials said.

"There are no dead. Fifteen people were injured," Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency.

A fellow government minister said a bomb caused the blast.
"There has been information that the blast was caused by a bomb," Bulent Arinc, another deputy premier, was quoted as saying by the private NTV television.

The blast, which targeted the Cankaya district administration offices, blew out windows of shops and offices in the surrounding area, damaged cars and sparked a fire which was later put out by firefighters at the scene, NTV said.

The offices are near downtown Kizilay square. Police feared a second explosion and sealed off the area, it said. Kurdish rebels have conducted bomb attacks in Turkey's urban areas in the past. more