A suspected car bomb went off near a high school in the Turkish capital yesterday, igniting other vehicles and killing three people in a nearby building, the interior minister said. The blast also wounded 15 people.
The explosion was "highly likely to be a terrorist attack," said Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin. "The explosion occurred in a place where car and people traffic is intense. It looks like the intension was to inflict as much harm to people as possible."
Clearing the debris: Police officers and firefighters work where the suspected car bomb exploded, wounding at least 15 people. pic/afp
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said police had information that a bomb was planted on the car, although other officials quoted a witness as saying that a burning gas canister had been tossed onto the vehicle.
"I had never heard anything like it in my life," witness Adnan Yavuz said of the initial blast. "Then came another explosion and parts of a car dropped from the tree."