The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has refused to sign a declaration against terrorism in response to the attack perpetrated in Turkey's capital, Ankara on February 17 which left 28 people dead and 61 injured, as the other three parties in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey have approved it.
The declaration, which was approved by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), condemned the terrorist attacks against Turkey's 'unity, integrity, peace and security.'
The declaration was counted as a joint manifest, due to the HDP representatives' rejection.
Death toll from Ankara explosion soars to 28
The death toll from Wednesday's explosion in Ankara has rose to 28 and the number of injured has standed at 45.Health Minister Mehmet Müezzinoğlu said that 61 people were hospitalized after the explosion and most of them received outgoing patient treatment. The Minister also said the death toll at the scene might be at 20 or 21. Only three, terminally injured in the blast, died later at the hospital despite frantic efforts by the medics at the intensive care unit, according to reports.The media organisations said 14 hospitals across Ankara have mobilized to treat dozens, who sustained several injuries on their bodies. Officials fear the death toll could rise. The blast occured at 6:30 pm in a bussy settlement, which is home to military offices and military buildings, according to the private broadcaster TVNet. The blast was resulted from an attack, which targetted shuttle buses carrying military personnel. Initial reports said that the explosion occured while a military convoy was passing through a road, connecting a main street to Ankara's İnönü Boulevard.The Boulevard was closed to traffic after the incident.The road, which was rocked by Wednesday's blast, is located just 1,5 km north of Kumrular street, which became a scene of the car-bomb blast which left five people dead on September 20, 2011. Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), a group linked to PKK, had claimed its responsibility. Once the explosion occured, two military vehicles were engulfed by fire, the reports said. The sound of explosion was heard from many spots around the capital including districts of Kızılay, Kavaklıdere, Gaziosmanpaşa, Dikmen and Çankaya . After the blast, a huge column of dark smoke rose from a spot, just 300 meter from the the armed forces' headquarters in the center of the capital.It is unknow which terrorist organisation is related with the attack, which led a great panic in the Turkish capital. The motivation behind the explosion is yet unknown. When the attack was launched, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was heading a high-level security meeting in his palace in the outskirts of Ankara, according to reports. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu left the summit and went straight to his party's main office to review the reports over the blast with his close aides. He is expected to hold a news conference later on the day, according to sources close to the ruling AK Party.“We are looking into details of the blast," Davutoğlu said. The Turkish PM, who was originally scheduled to head for Brussels later on the day, canceled his trip to Belgium. Ankara chief public prosecutor arrived to the scene to investigate the incident personally. Emergency crews and fire fighters rushed to the scene. The reports said at least 30 ambulances were sent to the spot. Paramedics are offering the pre-hospital emergency care to the injured. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals by ambulances for further treatment, the news reports said. Witnesses said another explosion was heard less than an hour after the first blast.No group has claimed the responsibility of the attack. It is still unclear if the attack is related with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Meanwhile, a suspicious package was found outside the Interior Ministry's building. Police and bomb-disposal experts were put on terror alert after a tip-off from the security guards. It was defused by the squad.The explosion come nearly four months after the twin bomb attacks which targetted a peace rally in Ankara. On October 10, 2015, two bombs exploded near the main train station in Ankara, killing at least 90 people and injuring 245 others. In early October, the death toll has standed at 102 and the number of injured has climbed up to 400 in twin bombings in Turkey's capital.It was the deadliest-ever attack on the Turkish soil.
MHP representatives offered the declaration as a joint document of the three political parties, instead of a joint assembly document.
Idris Baluken, Group Deputy Chairman of HDP, said that his party has objections to the context of the text, but not the text itself.
"We (as HDP) also condemn the attack causing civilian casualties. However, we indicated other attacks were missing, such as those that occurred in Diyarbakır, Surer, Ankara and Sultanahmet, and the casualties that occurred during the curfew," Baluken said.
The attack carried out in Turkey's capital Ankara on February 17 was the most recent in Turkey, which has become a target of terrorist groups due to its opposition to terrorism.
Ankara car bomb attack kills 28, injures 61
A Syrian national, identified from his fingerprints, carried out a car bomb attack next to military buses in Turkey's capital, Ankara that killed 28 people, security sources said on Thursday. The bomber, identified as Salih Necar, was thought to have entered Turkey with refugees from Syria. His fingerprints were taken when he entered the country, which was how police identified him, the sources said. A claim of responsibility for Wednesday's bombing has not yet been made. Security sources have reportedly said that Initial findings suggest Ankara bomber linked with PKK & PYD terror groups. On Wednesday evening, a car laden with explosives detonated next to military service buses as they waited at traffic lights near the armed forces' headquarters, parliament and other government buildings in the administrative heart of Turkey, a NATO member state.Video: Moment of Ankara car bomb attack caught on camera Turkish Deputy Prime Minister and Government spokesman Numan Kurtulmuş said 28 people including soldiers and civilians were killed in the deadliest terrorist attack, which left 61 wounded. None of the injured are in critical condition An initial report from Ankara's governor suggested three military-owned vehicles and a private vehicle were hit during the evening rush hour. The Turkish General Staff said early on Thursday that at least 30 of the 61 wounded people had been discharged from hospital.No stepping back from anti-terror fight, says Turkish PM The remaining 31 were still hospitalized, but none were in critical condition, the General Staff said in a statement. Air Force Brigadier General Reha Ufuk Er and his wife, who were near the scene of attack and were slightly wounded, were in good condition, the military said. The car used in the attack, had been rented out in the western Turkish city of Izmir around two weeks ago and changed its plate number in Istanbul. Turkey to fight forces behind Ankara attack President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and opposition party leaders condemn the heinous attack in the heart of Ankara's administrative district. In a written statement President Erdoğan vowed that Turkey will fight against “pawns" carrying out the attacks.Erdoğan says Turkey will also overcome this attack “We will continue our fight against those pawns who conducted these [kinds of] attacks and the forces behind them with much more determination every day," Erdoğan said in a written statement. “It should be known that Turkey will not abstain from using its right to self-defense every time, everywhere and in every situation," Erdoğan vowed. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who had been due to attend meetings in Brussels on the migration crisis on Thursday, cancelled the trip, an official in his office said. President Erdoğan postponed a planned visit to Azerbaijan. Political parties release common declaration Turkish parliament published a declaration, which was signed by three out of four parliamentarian parties, condemning the attack and expressed that Turkey would not bow to these kind of terror attacks. “We believe that Turkey has enough power and determination to overcome the terrorism" the statement said. The parliamentary statement was not signed by the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party (HDP) while the ruling Justice and development Party (AK Parti), the main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) signed the declaration. PKK/PYD link behind the attack While Turkish authority vowed to find out the “pawns" who carried out the attack, security sources said that initial findings suggested the attacker was linked with PKK / PYD terrorist group. The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and its Syrian affiliate Democratic Union Party (PYD) terrorist group have recently been attacked by Turkish military.Turkish PM says Syrian Kurdish YPG behind Ankara attack Turkey recognize both of the groups are terrorist organization and vowed to fight them simultaneously. The PKK, which has been conducted a 31-year-long armed conflicts in the Kurdish populates southeastern region in Turkey, is listed as terror group in Turkey, the EU and US. Last summer, Turkish military has launched a wide-ranged “weeping operation" against the group. Turkey also sees PYD in Syria, an armed group backed by the US, Russia and even Assad regime, as a branch of the same terrorist organization commanded from Qandil, the PKK headquarter in northern Iraq. This weekend, Turkish military launched heavy shillings on PYD targets in northern Syrian border city of Azaz. Ankara said it will not allow the terror group to seize the territory near Turkish border. World reacts with outrage to Ankara bombing International community including the UN, EU, NATO, US, Germany, France and UK, strongly condemned Ankara attack while expressing full solidarity with Turkey. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack through his official spokesperson. "[Ban] hopes the perpetrators of this terrorist attack will be swiftly brought to justice. He sends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims", World reacts with outrage to Ankara bombing "The United Nations stands in solidarity with the people and the government of Turkey at this tragic time", read a statement issued from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's office. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among the first to strongly condemn the attack and express support for Turkey in the fight against terrorism. “The federal German government strongly condemns this recent terror attack," Merkel said in a statement released Wednesday evening. Merkel expressed her sympathy to the families of those killed in the attack and wished a speedy recovery to the survivors. UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Qatar Foreign Ministry, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry, Kosovo's President Atifete Jahjaga, Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati and other international communities also condemned the terrorist attack in Ankara and reaffirmed their solidarity with Turkey.
As many as 28 people were killed and 61 others injured when a bomb-laden car was detonated when the military buses stopped at a red light near the armed forces' headquarters.
The road which became the scene of the blast is located just 1.5 km north of the scene of another car-bomb blast which left five people dead on September 20, 2011.
Responsibility for that attack was claimed by Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), a group linked to Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
No stepping back from anti-terror fight, says Turkish PM
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey will never take a step back from its "justified fight" against all terrorist organizations.The premier was speaking after a terrorist attack hit military-owned vehicles in central Ankara on Wednesday evening, killing at least 28 people and wounding 61 more."Our nation which has long been the targeted by terrorism but weathered several storms by further closing ranks will overcome these hard circumstances in dignity and solidarity against these attacks," he said in a statement after attending a security summit chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Ankara's Presidential Palace.Davutoglu noted that Turkey stands united with "all our 78 million citizens" in the face of terror and violence, allowing nobody to override Turkey's rights."Those who mounted and instigated the atrocious attack that targeted our country, great nation and democracy will never attain their aims," he added.Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus has said that there is no information at present about who was responsible for Wednesday's deadly bomb attack in Ankara.However, he vowed that the identities of those behind the attack would be revealed at the earliest."Unfortunately, we have lost 28 citizens in the car bomb attack, including soldiers and civilians," Kurtulmus told a news briefing.Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said three of the casualties had died in hospital. He also confirmed that 61 wounded were being treated for “slight or moderate” injuries across 14 hospitals.He added that a second blast also took place but said this was a controlled explosion carried out on a suspect package by the security forces.An initial report from Ankara's governor suggests three military-owned vehicles and a private vehicle were hit during the evening rush hour.Anadolu Agency reporters at the scene say the blast occurred in Merasim Street which connects Dikmen Street to Inonu Boulevard and is close to Turkish General Staff and parliament buildings.Ankara Governor Mehmet Kiliclar said the authorities believed a bomb-laden vehicle was the source of the blast.The Turkish General Staff has said that a "terror attack" hit vehicles carrying its personnel at 6.31 p.m. local time [1631 GMT] while they were waiting at traffic lights on Inonu Boulevard."We harshly condemn this heinous and vicious attack and convey our condolences to all our heroic fellow soldiers, our citizens that lost their lives in the attack and their families as well as the grand Turkish nation and we wish a speedy recovery to the wounded," the statement added.Several ambulances, medical and fire brigade teams, along with police, have been dispatched to the area.Anti-terror and crime-scene investigation teams from Ankara police are examining the location.All streets connecting to the blast area have been closed to traffic as police and army teams enforce strict security measures.Kurtulmus has said a delegation of seven investigators, headed by the Ankara Chief Prosecutor, was working on the case.Davutoglu has cancelled a planned visit to Brussels while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cancelled his trip to Azerbaijan scheduled for tomorrow.Attack condemnedSpeaking during a plenary session at the Turkish parliament, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said the attack had been mounted by a terrorist organization:"Those who organized, planned the heinous attack in Ankara and instigated the … and will never do so."In messages posted on their Twitter accounts, the British and American ambassadors to Turkey also condemned the attack."Terrible news from Kizilay. Condolences to the families of those killed and speedy recovery to the injured," wrote U.K. envoy Richard Moore.Moore said the U.K. "stands shoulder to shoulder with Turkey at this difficult time".U.S. ambassador John Bass also wrote that he was “deeply saddened and shocked” by the terror attack in Ankara.In Washington, the U.S. State Department strongly condemned the attack and extended its deepest condolences to the families of the deceased; the U.S. embassy in Ankara is working to determine if any American citizens “were involved”, spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. “We invite the international community to stand by us in cooperation against terrorism,” Turkish Deputy PM Kurtulmus also said.However, he added: “I would like everyone to know that Turkey is not satisfied anymore just by some empty sentences of condemnation.”
Previously in January at Istanbul's Sultanahmet Square, 11 people were killed after a suicide bomber, who was later found to be a Daesh terrorist, detonated among a group of German tourists.
The suicide bombing in Istanbul followed several other deadly attacks organized in Suruç and Ankara. The latter was the deadliest attack in the history of the Turkish Republic, as 102 people were killed in the incident.