TURKEY

Deadly Explosion In Ankara, At Least 28 Killed

The explosion reportedly happened near Turkey's parliament building in a heavily guarded area in Ankara

Feb 17, 2016 at 2:49 PM ET

A deadly explosion ripped through a military district in the Turkish capital of Ankara late Wednesday, killing at least 28 people and wounding at least 61 others, the Deputy Prime Minister said, AFP reported. The site is reportedly a half mile from Turkey’s parliament building and is usually heavily guarded.

The AP said investigators believed a car bomb was the cause of the blast, which is said to have targeted military buses traveling to the nearby military housing buildings. According to a statement from the military, the buses were attacked as soon as they stopped at traffic lights, the AP reported. Ambulances were rushing to the scene. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.

According to the state-run Anadolu Agency, the Turkish government has imposed a gag order banning reporters from broadcasting photos or videos of the dead on the scene over TV or radio.

The hashtag, #Terörülanetliyoruz, which is Turkish for “we condemn terrorism,” immediately began trending after the news broke out.