A suicide car bomb in the Turkish capital city of Ankara was detonated today, killing at least 34 people and wounding 125 others, according to reports. There were two reported attackers, and so far no claims of responsibility.
Turkish officials say they suspect Kurds carried out the attack, and President Erdogan vowed the bombing wouldn’t get in the way of the ongoing war against the Kurdish southeast. It is the second big attack in Ankara in three weeks, and the previous one was carried out by a Kurdish offshoot group, the TAK.
Turkey responded to the bombing with a full ban on Facebook and Twitter, which according to the courts was meant to prevent private photographs of the aftermath of the incident from circulating among the public. Turkish media coverage of the attack was also sparse, with the recently nationalized Zaman only including a brief story about traffic being diverted in the area because of the “incident.”
Turkey has been engaged with a war against the Kurdish PKK since withdrawing from a ceasefire with them in July, but is also in the middle of fighting ISIS. At the same time, a Marxist-Leninist group in Turkey has carried out bombings of its own, meaning there is no shortage of potential culprits.
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