Tur­key in mourn­ing af­ter blasts kill more than 100

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Thou­sands of peo­ple have gath­ered in the cen­tre of Tur­key’s cap­i­tal, Ankara, to pay trib­ute to the vic­tims of bomb blasts which killed more than 100 peo­ple.

Brief scuf­fles broke out be­tween the crowd and the po­lice af­ter some mourn­ers tried to lay car­na­tions at the site of the bomb­ings.

The pro-Kur­dish HDP party, which or­gan­ised Satur­day’s rally, said 128 peo­ple were killed in the at­tacks.

Protesters have blamed the gov­ern­ment for se­cu­rity fail­ures around the rally.

The gov­ern­ment has re­jected sug­ges­tions that it was to blame for the bomb­ing.

Prime Min­is­ter Ah­met Davu­to­glu said there was ev­i­dence that two sui­cide bombers had car­ried out the at­tack. Tur­key de­clared three days of mourn­ing af­ter Satur­day’s at­tack, the dead­li­est ever in the coun­try.

The at­tack, at a peace rally, left 245 peo­ple in­jured, with 48 of them in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

TV footage showed scenes of panic and peo­ple ly­ing on the ground cov­ered in blood, amid protest ban­ners.

Tur­key is tar­get­ing Is­lamic State in in­ves­ti­ga­tions of the bomb­ing, of­fi­cials said on Sun­day. The gov­ern­ment how­ever said there would be no post­pone­ment of Novem­ber polls.

Peo­ple raise their fists in salute to those killed in the bomb­ings

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