Ankara blast R 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/ Omer Kaya)
An explosion ripped through a line of parked cars in the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday, killing three people and wounding at least 15 others, the BBC reported.
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The blast struck the Kizilay neighborhood less than a kilometer from government buildings, including the prime minister's office, headquarters of the chief of general staff and several ministries.
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc suggested the blast was caused by a bomb, although Ankara's governor said it may have been caused by a burning gas cylinder.
"I've been informed that there was an explosion in a car on Kumrular
Street, close to the PM's office, and there are heavy casualties," Arinc
said. It was "either known or understood" the blast was caused by a
bomb, he added.
A plume of thick smoke rose above the heart of
the city after the blast. Reuters reporters at the scene said a line of
parked vehicles had been destroyed and an adjacent row of shops was
damaged across the street from a primary school.
fire engines rushed to the scene and police set up a security cordon
while bomb disposal teams' sniffer dogs searched for any possible
Ankara governor Alaaddin Yuksel said a witness
had reported that the blast was caused by a burning gas cylinder thrown
into the street, which caused a fire that blew up a car. The incident
was under investigation, he added.