Turkey: Suicide bomber carries out blast near ministry in Ankara

A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in front of the ministry building in the Turkish capital today Sunday at about 9:30am, wounding two police officers, Turkey’s interior minister announced.

“One of the terrorists blew himself up. The other was killed by a bullet to the head before he had a chance to blow himself up,” Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said in a press statement outside the ministry.

The blast was the first in the Turkish capital since 2016 and took place less than a mile from the parliament building.

The attack in Ankara follows a spate of attacks across Turkey in recent years that officials largely blamed on members of the Islamic State or Kurdish militant groups.

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