Two powerful bombs exploded near the central train station in the capital of Turkey, Ankara, killing at least 97 people and wounding more than 200. Right after the horrific attack, Turkish investigators started to search for the suspects, and two days later, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that investigators are close to identifying the main suspects.
All security flaws will be fined
In a live interview for Turkish national television NTV, Davutoglu said that the purpose of Saturday's bombing attack was to indirectly affect the outcome of the upcoming parliamentary election in Turkey on November 1, and that responsible ones will be fined if any security failures which contributed to the bombing are found.
"It was definitely a suicide bombing. DNA tests are being conducted. It was determined how the suicide bombers got there. We're close to a name, which points to one group," he said of the worst attack in Turkey of its kind.
Security sources claim that Islamic State is the main suspect
Two senior security sources told the press on Sunday that all signs suggest that infamous terrorist organization Islamic State is behind the bombing attack. Sources also compared Saturday's attack to a suicide bombing in Suruc, a city near the Syrian boarder, in July. That suicide bombing in Suruc is also linked to Islamic extremists.
The two bombs exploded one after another on Saturday, as hundreds of Turks gathered for a protest-march over a conflict between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants in southern and eastern parts of the country. The march was organized by Pro-Kurdish activists and civil groups.
We still actually don't have an exact number of victims, as Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which reportedly wast the target of the bombing in first place, announced that 128 people were killed in the attack, and all but eight of those are identified, while the Prime Minister's office says that 97 people were killed. Regardless of whose report is correct, this bombing attack is for sure the most brutal terrorist attack in recent history of the country. #Middle East