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28 Dead After Car Bomb Explodes in Turkey

Firefighters work at a scene of fire from an explosion in Ankara, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. (IHA via AP)

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At least 28 people have been killed and 61 others wounded in a large explosion in Turkey's capital, Ankara.

The blast occurred where military buses drove by, a few hundred meters from a military base.

A car bomb is suspected to have caused the blast, said Ankara’s governor.

The attack was well-planned but police did not have information who exploded the bomb. No one has claimed responsibility. Police are investigating.

The government imposed a media blackout on images of the explosion. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu cancelled his trips to Brussels and Azerbaijan.

The U.S. Embassy in Ankara extended its sorrow for the attack on Twitter.

Omer Celik, the spokesman for the ruling AK Party, tweeted “terror has attacked treacherously in Ankara. We curse this attack.”

Last year, Ankara was the target of the country’s worst terror attack in which more than 100 people died. A pro-Kurdish rally was hit by two suicide bombers. That attack was blamed on the Islamic State militant group.

VOA News and Dorian Jones reported this story. Kathleen Struck adapted it for Learning English. Hai Do was the editor.


Words in This Story

explosion -- n. a great force and noise, or a device that is created to cause such force that things are destroyed by it

governor -- n. a person who leads a group or region

extended -- v. reached forward

sorrow -- n. sadness about a loss