Terrorist attack in Turkey, in Ankara, near the Parliament. A powerful explosion occurred on Sunday morning in the center of the capital Ankara, near the Turkish Parliament, which is to resume its activity during the day after the summer vacation, AFP informs.
The Turkish Ministry of the Interior announced that the explosion was a “terrorist attack”.
“Two terrorists appeared on board a commercial vehicle at around 09:30 local time (06:30 GMT) at the entrance to the General Directorate of Security of the Ministry of the Interior and committed a bomb attack,” the ministry said, stating that following the attack, two policemen were slightly injured.
According to the Turkish media, gunfire was heard in the area near the Parliament building, where several ministries are also located, according to AFP, quoted by Agerpres.
Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya states that one of the attackers “detonated himself” and “the other terrorist was neutralized.”
“Two of our policemen were slightly injured” by the flames caused by the explosion, the minister says, according to News.ro.
According to the private television station NTV, gunshots were heard in the neighborhood, which was isolated.
The Turkish press writes that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was going to speak in Parliament during this work session.
Numerous police cars and ambulances were sent to the area.
The news is being updated.
Editor: Liviu Cojan