Time: 7:18 p.m. CEST
At least 37 people died and 125 are hospitalized after an explosion hits central Ankara on Sunday, the Turkish Minister of Health Mehmet Müezzinoğlu says. One day after the explosion, Müezzinoğlu says, three other persons succumbed to their injuries.
The explosion was in the Güvenpark in the Kızılay district in central Ankara at 6.35 p.m. (local time Ankara), Hurryiet Daily News reports. A bomb in the car caused the explosion, as the private NTV broadcaster said. CNN Turk said that ambulances transferred to 10 different hospitals in Ankara. Daily Sabah says, “A bomb-laden vehicle was reportedly exploded between two passenger buses near crowded bus stops at the heart of the city. Many vehicles were reported burning at the scene.”
The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) has declared a broadcasting ban on images of the scene and victims, Hurryiet reports. Islamic State militants bombed a peace rally close to Ankara Railway Station on October 10, 2015 in an attack that caused at least 103 dead. On February 17, a suicide car bomb attack targeted military shuttles in Ankara killing at least 29 people and injuring 81 others.
The U.S. had warned its citizens in a March 11 statement over a potential terror attack in Ankara.
“The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that there is information regarding a potential terrorist plot to attack Turkish government buildings and housing located in the Bahçelievler area of Ankara. U.S. citizens should avoid this area,” the statement says.
“We advise U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings and local events, monitor local news stations for updates, and follow local authority instructions,” it read.