‘Heinous terrorist attack’: US, Russia and UN condemn Ankara blasts

  • Agencies, Washington/Moscow/United Nations
  • Updated: Oct 11, 2015 12:25 IST
Wounded people wait for help at the site of an explosion in Ankara. (AP)

The United States condemned the bombing of a demonstration in the Turkish capital Ankara, calling it a heinous terrorist attack on peaceful demonstrators.

At least 95 people were killed on Saturday and up to 246 wounded in the pair of explosions, which targeted a peace rally at the central railway station in the city.

“In light of the ongoing violence in Turkey and the region, it is particularly important at this time that all Turkish citizens recommit to peace and stand together against terror,” the US State Department said in a statement.

“We stand together in solidarity with the Turkish people and reaffirm our determination to continue to work with Turkey to combat the shared threat of terrorism.”

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged the international community to unite anti-terrorism efforts as he expressed condolences to families of victims from the deadly terrorist attack in Ankara.

A bomb-disposal expert inspects a suitcase at the site of twin explosions near the main train station in Turkey's capital Ankara. (AFP)

“It is necessary to unite efforts in the fight against this evil. What happened in Turkey ... certainly is an impudent terrorist attack, a terrorist crime with scores of victims,” Putin said in an interview with TV channel Rossiya One.

He stressed that the attack was an attempt to destabilize the situation in Turkey, an “obvious” provocation during the election campaign.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also condemned the Ankara bombings and extended condolences to the families of the victims.

In a statement released by his spokesperson, Ban said he expected the perpetrators of these terrorist acts to be swiftly brought to justice.

“He sends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and the Government of Turkey, and wishes those injured a speedy recovery,” said the statement.

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