World condemns terror attack in Turkey's Kayseri

Car bomb attack draws condemnation and messages of support from leaders and officials from around the world

World condemns terror attack in Turkey's Kayseri

World Bulletin / News Desk

World leaders have condemned a terror attack in central Turkey's Kayseri province that martyred at least 13 soldiers and wounded 56 others.

The Turkish General Staff said in a statement the car bomb targeted a public bus carrying off-duty troops near the Erciyes University campus at 8.45 a.m. local time (0545 GMT).

Speaking to the private news channel NTV in Istanbul, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said all signs pointed towards the involvement of the PKK terror group.

Head of the Pakistan's foreign affairs ministry, Sartaj Aziz condemned terrorist attack in "strongest" terms.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack that took place in Kayseri today," said Aziz.

Aziz extended condolences to the government and Turkish people "on behalf of the Prime Minister, the government and the people of Pakistan".

"We reiterate our unwavering solidarity with Turkey and reaffirms strong belief that the brotherly people of Turkey would be successful in their resolute fight against the scourge of terrorism," Aziz added.

President Vladimir Putin conveyed condolences to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and said Russia was "ready" to cooperate with Ankara in fighting against terrorism, Kremlin press service said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also talked to his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on the phone following the attack and conveyed his condolences.

In a statement, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev condemned "bloody incident" and said: "We support you in fighting terrorism that turns into a terrible calamity. We always stand by brotherly Turkey.”

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