Major Explosion in Turkish Capital Ankara Kills at Least 27 (1)

A large explosion in Turkey’s capital left at least 27 people dead and many more injured, according to the...

A large explosion in Turkey’s capital left at least 27 people dead and many more injured, according to the local governor, marking the third time the city’s been attacked in five months.

The blast occurred at around 7 p.m. local time on Sunday near a part of Guvenpark in Ankara, which is used by Turkish police, Haberturk reported. The governor’s office said at least 75 people were injured in the attack, which TRT World reported was a suicide car bomb.

The explosion comes less than a month after a Feb. 17 car bombing killed at least 30 people in the city, most of them soldiers. That attack was claimed by a group called the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, or TAK, which is linked to Kurdish separatists from the PKK. A pair of Islamic State suicide bombers last October killed more than 100 people in the city.

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara two days ago warned of a terrorist plot to attack Turkish government buildings and lodgings in the Bahcelievler area of Ankara, citing specific information.

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(Updates death toll in first paragraph.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Constantine Courcoulas in Istanbul at ccourcoulas1@bloomberg.net. To contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.net, Benjamin Harvey, Stuart Biggs

By: Constantine Courcoulas

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