Peace Rally in Turkey Turns Deadly… Bomb Blasts Rip Through Crowds, Killing 86, Wounding 186

Peace Rally in Turkey Turns Deadly… Bomb Blasts Rip Through Crowds, Killing 86, Wounding 186

Sounds like the Islamists are behind this one. Two bombs just went off at a peace rally in Turkey this morning, killing at least 86 and wounding more than 186. It’s a bloodbath. This happened in the capitol, Ankara of Turkey. Lately, there was been a severe uptick of violence and brutal fighting between the Kurds and Turkish security forces. The rally was meant to declare a sort of truce and make peace. So much for that idea. Someone sure didn’t want that to occur. You’ll probably find Erdogan’s fingerprints on this somewhere.

Oct. 10, 2015: Bodies of victims are covered with flags and banners as a police officer secure the area after an explosion in Ankara, Turkey. (AP)

Oct. 10, 2015: Bodies of victims are covered with flags and banners as a police officer secure the area after an explosion in Ankara, Turkey. (AP)

From Fox News:

ANKARA, Turkey – Two bomb explosions targeting a peace rally in Turkey’s capital Ankara on Saturday killed at least 86 people and injured 186 others, Turkey’s Health Ministry said.

The explosions occurred minutes apart near Ankara’s main train station as people were gathering for the rally, organized by the country’s public sector workers’ trade union and other civic society groups. The rally aimed to call for an end to the renewed violence between Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces.

It was not clear if the attacks, which came weeks before Turkey’s Nov. 1 elections, were suicide bombings.

An Associated Press photographer at the scene reported seeing several bodies that were covered with flags and banners that demonstrators had brought with them for the rally. Police later cordoned off the area.

Television footage from Turkey’s Dogan news agency showed a line of protesters fanned out on the street near the train station, chanting and performing a traditional dance with their hands locked, when a large explosion hit behind them.

The video also showed several people lying injured on the streets or being taken into ambulances.

An Interior Ministry statement condemned the attack which it said “targets Turkey’s democracy and peace.” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called an emergency security meeting to discuss the attack. His office said he was suspending his election campaign programs for the next three days. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cut short his program in Istanbul to return to the capital.

“There was a massacre in the middle of Ankara,” said Lami Ozgen, head of the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions, or KESK. “Two bombs exploded in very short intervals.”

There was no immediate responsibility claim. A government official said authorities were investigating the blast.

“The toll is severe,” said Selahattin Demirtas, leader of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party, whose members attended the rally. “There are dozens of dead and hundreds of injuries. Some of our friends are in serious condition.”

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

A leftist militant group has also carried out suicide bombings in Turkey.

I’m sure the death toll will rise on this one. The Kurds are shocked and outraged over this. The members of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party were most of the members in attendance. They were being filmed doing a traditional dance by cameras when the bombs went off behind them. There are bodies everywhere. The government is convening to ‘discuss’ the attack. Right. These Kurds are communists and I’m definitely not a fan of communists… but I’m even less a fan of Islamists. The blasts were just minutes apart and the people in the radius of the explosions never had a chance. Attending rallies like this is taking your life into your own hands these days. Turkey is about to hold elections. This is probably connected to that in some way as well. It’s a sad day in Turkey and very tragic.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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