Ankara explosions: Video captures moment bomb goes off as singing protesters call for peace

At least 86 people were killed in the suspected terror attack on Saturday morning

Lizzie Dearden
Saturday 10 October 2015 09:50 BST
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Moment explosions go off at a peace rally in Ankara

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A video caught the moment a peace rally in Ankara was hit by a suspected terror attack today.

A line of men and women were holding hands and singing as people milled in the background waving banners with anti-violence and pro-Kurdish slogans, when a huge blast rocked the crowd.

Flames and debris could be seen shooting into the air as people started screaming and running from the area near the Turkish capital’s main train station.

The footage cut as the start of a second explosion could be heard.

At least 86 people have died and more than 186 were injured, with graphic images on social media showed bodies lying in the streets and the wounded sitting in shock, covered in blood.

The peace rally was organised by a trade union to denounce increased violence between Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces.

The government has said they believe the blast was a terror attack and are investigating claims that a suicide bomber was responsible.

Ahmet Davutoğlu, the Prime Minister, called an emergency meeting with ministers and security officials.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility and authorities are investigating possible culprits.

In July, a suicide bombing blamed on the Islamic State group killed 33 people in a town near Turkey's border with Syria.

Additional reporting by agencies

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