Ankara Death Toll Rises To 37, Says Turkish Minister

Photo: Anadolu Agency
Photo: Anadolu Agency

Ankara, 5 Jumadil Akhir 1437/14 March 2016 (MINA) – Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu has said the death toll from Sunday night’s car bomb attack in Ankara’s central Kizilay neighborhood has risen to 37, plus 71 injured.

Muezzinoglu told reporters on Monday that 30 died at the blast scene and seven in hospital, Anadolu Agency quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

He said there are a total of 71 patients still receiving treatment at a number of hospitals; 15 remain in intensive care.

Ankara Governor’s Office said in a statement earlier that a car exploded near a bus stop in the capital’s central Kizilay neighborhood at 6.45 p.m. local time (1645 GMT) Sunday evening.

On Sunday night Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala said: “The terror attack was carried out by a moving bomb-laden vehicle, which targeted civilian citizens waiting at the bus stop.”

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in a statement said the government has concrete information about the terrorist organization behind the Ankara attack, which will be revealed to the public once investigations end. (T/P010/R04)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)