Two blow themselves up during Ankara police operations

Officers inspect the scene of the suicide bombing. pic/AFP
Officers inspect the scene of the suicide bombing. pic/AFP

Ankara: Two suicide bombers detonated their explosives during a police operation in the Turkish capital Ankara today after officers called on the suspects to surrender, state media reported.

They set off the car bomb they had prepared, the official Anadolu news agency said, adding that the two suspects were dead. There were no immediate reports of any other casualties in the blast, which occurred Saturday morning in the outskirts of the city.

Ankara governor Ercan Topaca told reporters at the scene it was “likely” that they had connections to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). “The materials used, the construction and the way it was planned point to the PKK a little,” he said, quoted by Anadolu. The PKK has been waging a 32-year insurgency against the state in the country’s southeast.

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