The Latest: Turkish prime minister postpones Jordan visit

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Posted: Mar 13, 2016 7:31 PM
The Latest: Turkish prime minister postpones Jordan visit

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on an explosion in Turkey's capital, Ankara (all times local):

1:25 a.m.

Turkey's state-run news agency says the prime minister is postponing a visit to Jordan following the deadly bombing in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was scheduled to travel to Jordan on Tuesday. The Anadolu Agency said Sunday that the visit will take place at a later date.

A suicide car bomb attack targeted civilians near bus stops in the heart of Ankara, killing at least 34 people, including two suspected bombers.

A senior government official told the AP that police suspect Kurdish militants carried out the attack.

11:45 p.m.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to bring "terrorism to its knees" following an attack in the capital that killed at least 34 people.

Erdogan also said Turkey would use its right to self-defense to prevent future attacks and called for national unity.

Erdogan said: "our people should not worry, the struggle against terrorism will for certain end in success and terrorism will be brought to its knees."


11:35 p.m.

The United States has condemned the attack in the Turkish capital, which has killed 34 people and wounded about 125 others.

U.S. State Department Spokesman John Kirby on Sunday conveyed condolences to the families of those killed Sunday and wished a quick recovery for the wounded.

Kirby said: "We reaffirm our strong partnership with our NATO ally Turkey in combatting the shared threat of terrorism."

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also condemned the attack, saying "there can be no justification of such heinous acts of violence."


11:30 p.m.

A senior Turkish government official says police believe that Kurdish militants carried out the suicide bombing that killed at least 34 people in Ankara, based on "initial indications."

The official says one of the bombers was a woman. The official spoke on condition of anonymity on the grounds that the investigation was ongoing.

Around 125 other people were wounded in Sunday's attack, 19 of them in serious condition.

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11 p.m.

Turkey's health minister says the death toll in the Ankara bombing has risen to 34.

Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu also said 125 people were wounded, 19 of them in serious condition. He said that 30 of the fatalities died at the scene, while the other four perished at hospitals.

Interior Minister Efkan Ala says Sunday's attack won't deter the country from its fight against terrorism. He confirmed the blast as a car bomb that targeted civilians at a bus stop.

He says authorities have obtained evidence but won't make an announcement on those responsible until the end of the investigation.


10:35 p.m.

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he is "appalled" by the attacks in the Turkish capital and in Ivory Coast.

In a tweet late Sunday, Cameron said: "My thoughts are with all those affected."

A car bomb explosion in the Turkish capital has killed at least 27 people and wounded around 75 others.

In Ivory Coast, at least 14 civilians, two special forces and six assailants were killed when armed men attacked beachgoers and three hotels.


9:25 p.m.

Turkey's pro-Kurdish party has issued a statement condemning the attack in central Ankara, which has killed at least 27 people and wounded 75 others.

The Peoples' Democratic Party, HDP, said Sunday it shares "the huge pain felt along with our citizens."

No one has claimed the attack, although Kurdish militants and the Islamic State group have carried out bombings in the city recently.

The statement was significant because the party is frequently accused of being the political wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK — an accusation it denies. It has also been accused of not speaking out against PKK violence.


8:15 p.m.

The Ankara governor's office says the explosion in the Turkish capital has killed at least 27 people.

It said at least 75 others were wounded in the blast that occurred near Ankara's main square.

The explosion is believed to have been caused by a car bomb that went off close to bus stops.


7:15 p.m.

News reports say a large explosion in the capital Ankara has caused several casualties.

NTV television says the bomb exploded Sunday near a park at Ankara's main square. Several cars caught fire.

Several ambulances and police cars were sent to the scene.