At least 27 dead after car bomb in Turkey capital city Ankara

 At-least-27-dead-after-car-bomb-in-Turkey-capital-city-Ankara.  ANKARA, Turkey,  At least 27 people are dead and 75 were wounded after an explosion near a main bus station in Ankara in the third major blast in the Turkish capital city since October.

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Turkish police put up barriers Istanbul’s tourist hub of Sultanahmet, Turkey, in February. A bomb was detonated in Ankara on Sunday night, killing at least five people. Photo by Ali Turkel/UPI | License Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dogan News Agency said a suicide bomber crashed into a bus about 6:35 p.m. local time in Guvenpark. Several vehicles caught fire in the explosion and buildings were damaged.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is convening an emergency security meeting. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is in Istanbul, was briefed on the situation.

Officials are in the early stages of the investigation, so few details are immediately available.

The explosion comes amid growing tensions in the area. More than 100 people died in October when a bomb was detonated during a peace rally near the Ankara railway station. In February, 29 people were killed and 81 were injured when a suicide bomber targeted military personnel in the same area.

By Amy R. Connolly

UPI NEWS