The explosion that occurred on Sunday morning, October 1, near the Parliament in the center of the capital Ankara was a “terrorist attack,” announced the Turkish Interior Ministry.
“Two terrorists appeared aboard a light military vehicle around 9:30 a.m. in front of the entrance gate of the General Directorate of Security of our Ministry of the Interior and carried out a bomb attack,” the ministry said. reporting two injured police officers.
“One of the terrorists blew himself up and the other was neutralized. Two of our police officers were slightly injured” by the flames caused by the explosion, specifies the ministry on X (formerly Twitter).
The targeted district is home to numerous ministries and the Parliament which is due to open its new working session during the day and before which the head of state, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was to speak, according to Turkish media. The private television channel NTV reported shootings in the completely cordoned off neighborhood and where numerous police vehicles and ambulances were deployed.