At least 27 were killed while 75 were wounded as an explosion hit central Ankara on March 13, the Ankara governor's office has announced. A bomb-laden car caused the blast, the announcement added.
“According to initial reports, 27 of our citizens were killed in a blast caused by a bomb-laden car at 6.45 p.m. on March 13, Sunday, at Kızılay's Güvenpark” the statement said. 23 citizens were killed at the scene of the incident while four others died on their way to the hospital, it added.
The area is being evacuated as a precaution against a second attack.
The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) has declared a broadcasting ban on images of the scene and victims.
The U.S. had warned its citizens in a March 11 statement over a potential terror attack in Ankara.
“The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that there is information regarding a potential terrorist plot to attack Turkish government buildings and housing located in the Bahçelievler area of Ankara. U.S. citizens should avoid this area” read the statement.
“We advise U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings and local events, monitor local news stations for updates, and follow local authority instructions” it read.