Friday’s newspapers mainly cover a fatal bus accident in Ankara, plus Turkish president Erdogan’s remarks on terrorism


World Bulletin / News Desk

The majority of Friday's newspapers dedicated their front pages to Thursday’s fatal bus accident in the capital Ankara, which left 12 people dead.

HABERTURK ran with the headline: “Massacre stop.”

Running a photo showing the scene and shocked relatives, together with a wounded passenger crying, the newspaper reported that the vehicle drifted 80 meters onto the pavement, crushing some passengers. 

The passenger vehicle ran into a bus stop in the Dikimevi neighborhood of Ankara’s Cankaya district. Twelve others were wounded and eight vehicles were damaged in the fatal accident, the local governorate said.

HURRIYET covered the story with the headline: “Disaster in Ankara: 12 dead, 12 wounded.”

The reason behind the crash remains unknown, but claims on some social media focus on an apparent failure in the vehicle’s braking system.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks on terrorism were also covered by many newspapers.

AKSAM and MILLIYET used the same headline: “Terror is ‘like a scorpion’,” quoting his remarks.

“I know that terror is like a scorpion and it bites one day those who hold it,” he said, while speaking at the Turkish parliament.

Calling on the Kurdish people, the president said: “This [terror] is an effort to divide us. (…)  So I reject the notion that Kurdish people are terrorists. Our fight is not with an ethnic group but with terrorism, a terrorist organization, and terrorists."

On the same subject, VATAN ran the headline: “Kurd and terrorist are not the same,” citing Erdogan’s speech.

Over an attack on a prominent Turkish journalist in Istanbul yesterday HURRIYET, for whom Ahmet Hakan is also a columnist, ran the headline: “We are not afraid of [these kind of attacks].”

Hakan -- host of a TV show for the CNN Turk network -- suffered a broken nose and ribs when he was attacked by four unidentified assailants in front of his Istanbul home in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Police detained four people suspected of involvement in the attack, but no further information has been provided by the authorities.

In economic news, DUNYA reported that the German city of Munich’s metro trains would be produced by a Turkish company, Durmazlar Makine.

According to Huseyin Durmaz, board chairman of the Bursa-based company, production will begin at the start of 2016.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Ekim 2015, 11:19