Bomb Blast in Ankara Kills at least Five People

World | February 17, 2016, Wednesday // 20:49
Bulgaria: Bomb Blast in Ankara Kills at least Five People Firefighters try to extinguish the flames at the scene of a car bomb detonation close to buildings of the Turkish military, in Ankara, 17 February 2016. At least five people were killed and 10 were injured in the attack. Photo EPA/BGNES

At least five people have been killed and 10 injured after a bomb exploded in the central part of Turkey’s capital Ankara on Wednesday.

The blast, believed to have been caused by a car bomb, took place near the armed forces' headquarters, parliament and government buildings. 

The blast targeted military service buses as they waited at traffic lights at the evening rush hour, according to a statement issued by the Turkish military, newswires reported.

Omer Celik, a spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), wrote in Twitter that the explosion was an "act of terrorism," according to todayszaman.com.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has cancelled a planned visit to Brussels after the blast.

Davutoglu was expected to meet European leaders during the two-day European Council summit starting on Thursday.

The summit will discuss the state of play in the the implementation of the EU-Turkish plan to tackle the ongoing inflow of asylum seekers into Europe.

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