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turkeyANKARA: At least 30 people were killed and 126 wounded in twin blasts targeting a peace rally outside the train station in the Turkish capital Ankara, the interior ministry said in a statement.

The area was to have hosted a peace rally organised by leftist groups later in the day, including the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

Eyewitnesses told AFP several corpses were seen lying on the ground while NTV television and the Dogan news agency said at least 20 people were killed. Some 100 people were wounded, NTV added.

Police fire in air to disperse protesters
Turkish police on Saturday fired in the air to disperse protesters from the scene of an attack on a peace rally in Ankara that killed at least 30 people, an AFP correspondent said.

Demonstrators angered by the attack on their fellow activists shouted “police murderers!” but were then dispersed as the security forces intervened.

Ankara explosion a ‘terrorist attack’
Turkish government officials said a blast outside the main train station in the capital Ankara on Saturday was a “terrorist attack” and they were investigating claims that a suicide bomber was responsible.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is to hold a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan, government officials and security chiefs at 12 pm (0900 GMT) in response to the attack, Davutoglu’s office said.

Suicide bomber?
Initial reports said one huge explosion had gone off but Turkish media said later there had been two separate blasts in short sequence.

The authorities were exploring the possibility that the blasts could have been caused by a suicide bomber, the official Anatolia news agency said.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had been briefed over the blast by Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu, it added.

“We are investigating the explosion and will share our findings with the public as soon as possible,” Turkish official told AFP, without giving further details.

The area was to have hosted a peace rally organised by leftist groups later in the day, including the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

The attack comes with Turkey on edge ahead of November 1 polls and a wave of unrest over the last months.

Fighting has resumed between the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and government forces after the collapse of a two-year ceasefire in July.

Over 140 members of the security forces have since been killed while Ankara claims to have killed over 1,700 Kurdish militants in a relentless bombing campaign.

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