Turkish Police Hunt Terror Suspects After Massive Car Bomb

From Express:
TURKISH police have arrested four people in connection with a massive car bombing in the capital Ankara yesterday that left at least 37 people dead.

The blast struck a busy transport hub near the crowded central Guven Park, close to a courthouse and the Justice and Interior Ministries, at around 6.43pm local time on Sunday.

Turkish security forces have said the death toll has reached 37 while 125 are in hospital, 19 of them in a critical condition.

Police have detained four people in connection with the attack after identifying the two suspected bombers - a man and a woman, whose severed hand was found 300 metres from the scene of the explosion.

She is believed to be a Kurdish militant from the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), a claim the group has yet to confirm or deny.

The second suspected bomber is believed to be a Turkish citizen with links to the militant PKK.

Turkey's security forces responded immediately by sending fighter jets to strike arms depots and shelters of the PKK in the mountainous areas of Kandil and Gara.

Turkey's army said 11 aircraft carried out the strikes on 18 recently identified targets.

Yesterday's attack was the second in a month in Turkey's terror-hit capital, and the third in five months.

Two of the dead are believed to have been attackers.

The vehicles hit included a bus carrying around 20 people.

Gunfire was also heard after the explosion, while ambulances rushed to the area, officials said.

The explosion came weeks after a car bomb attack in central Ankara killed 29 people. Kurdish militants claimed responsibility for that attack.

Istanbul and areas along the border with Syria have also been rocked by terror attacks in recent months, as the Turkish authorities struggle to contain the upswell in violence.

Islamic State (ISIS) militants have carried out at least four bomb attacks on Turkey since June 2015.

Local jihadist groups and leftist radicals have also staged attacks in the NATO member country in the past.

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