A bomb attack in Ankara, Turkey late Wednesday caused the death of 28 people and 61 others were injured. Most of the injured are in good condition, Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said.
The car bomb targeted a convoy of military vehicles and Turkish authorities identified the suicide bomber who carried out the brutal attack. According to Turkish daily, Daily Sabah, security sources said that the attacker comes from Syria and his name is Saleh Nejar. According to reports by İhlas News Agency (IHA), the intelligence authorities are now trying to identify which organization the terrorist is affiliated with.
After the fatal attack, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Turkish government will retaliate to these attacks in Turkey or abroad.
“Our determination to retaliate to these attacks that target our unity and our future, in Turkey and abroad, are increasing with such actions,” Erdogan said and added. “Turkey’s losses in its struggle against terrorism are challenging its patience.” The Turkish President concluded: “We will continue our fight against the pawns that carry out such attacks, which know no moral or humanitarian bounds, and the forces behind them with more determination every day.”
Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu also said that the Turkish government “will never step back from its righteous struggle against all terror organizations.” He added that “the state of the Turkish Republic will keep defending humanitarian values that will priory protect its national security in the name of all without digressing from the line of law and justice and without compromising to terror and violence.”
The car bomb attack occurred in the center of the city, some hundred meters away from the top military headquarters, parliament and prime minister’s office. Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said that the attack “did not only target our military personnel in those shuttles,” but it openly targeted the entire Turkish nation. Both the EU and the US condemned the terrorist attack.
In a joint statement the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and the Commissioner Johannes Hahn said: “The EU extends condolences to the families of the victims killed in the attack and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. Our fullest sympathy goes to the Turkish people and authorities. We are with Turkey and its people in these difficult times and stand by all those who suffer from the consequences of such violence, and of terrorism.”