ISIL prime suspect in Ankara bombing: Turkey PM

Davutoglu says authorities on verge of identifying Saturday's suicide attackers

ISIL prime suspect in Ankara bombing: Turkey PM

World Bulletin / News Desk

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday said Turkey was investigating the ISIL group as the prime suspect for the bombings on a weekend peace rally in Ankara that killed 97 people.

"Looking at how the incident took place, we are probing ISIL as our first priority," Davutoglu said. 

Davutoglu also said that Turkey is "close" to identifying two suicide bombers who killed 97 people in Ankara on Saturday.

"We are close to a name, which points a finger at an organization," prime minister said. 

Saturday's blasts have shaken Turkey as the country faces a general election re-run in three weeks, military operations in the southeast and the ongoing civil war on its southern border in Syria. The attack targeted left-wing and pro-Kurdish protestors who had gathered for a peace rally.

The prime minister said a large amount of evidence had been gathered over the past 48 hours. Addressing concerns about the level of security for Saturday's rally, he said the "necessary steps" would be taken if there was any "weakness and negligence" but he went on to deny there had been any holes in security arrangements for the protest.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Ekim 2015, 12:34