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Twin bombs kill scores at pro-Kurdish rally in Turkish capital

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 01:21

Turkish authorities are investigating claims that a suicide bomber was behind the twin explosions that killed at least 86 at a rally in Ankara. Pavithra George reports.

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+++ RESENDING VIDEO TO CORRECT A MISPRONUNCIATION IN THE VOICE TRACK +++ What was supposed to be a peace rally ended in bloodshed and violence in Turkey's capital Ankara. Bodies of victims lay covered on the ground - after twin blasts struck a rally of hundreds of pro-Kurdish activists outside the city's main train station. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) UNNAMED EYEWITNESS SAYING: "There was a demonstration. I was walking next to a stage rally truck. Right here, behind two banners, an explosion went off. We lay on the ground. The second bomb went off there. There were two bombs but the one that went off here was a very strong one." Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held an emergency meeting with the heads of police and intelligence agencies after the blast that government officials described as a terrorist attack. Authorities were investigating claims the attacks were carried out by a suicide bomber. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) OPPOSITION LEADER AND HEAD OF REPUBLICAN PEOPLE'S PARTY (CHP), KEMAL KILICDAROGLU, SAYING: "The numbers of casualties that we are hearing are very dramatic. I don't want to give any figures now but it is a very tragic picture. We are hearing there were two suicide bombers." There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the blasts. The country's Health Minister said the explosions killed at least 86 people and wounded 186 more. But there are fears that the death toll could increase.

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Twin bombs kill scores at pro-Kurdish rally in Turkish capital

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 01:21