Turkish Pres. cancels all programs over terror attack

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was expected to take part in two programs in Istanbul and has cancelled both with PM Davutoglu gatheringsecurity chiefs, ministers following explosions in Turkish capital

Turkish Pres. cancels all programs over terror attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cancelled all scheduled programs in Istanbul on Saturday following two explosions that rocked an area close to the Ankara train station, presidential sources said.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is chairing an emergency security meeting Saturday over the bombing of peace protestors in Ankara.

The meeting began at 12:00 p.m. local time (0900GMT) at the prime minister’s office, according to prime ministry sources.

Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan, Interior Minister Selami Altinok, Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu, Intelligence chief Hakan Fidan, General Director of Turkish National Police Mehmet Celalettin Lekesiz and Ankara governor Mehmet Kiliclar are attending.

The blast near Ankara’s main train station killed dozens of people and injured more than a hundred, according to the interior ministry.

The victims were mostly people who had gathered outside the station for a demonstration to be held in nearby at Sihhiye Square. The rally, organized by the Confederation of Public Sector Trades' Unions (KESK), was to call for an end to the renewed conflict between the terrorist organization PKK and the Turkish state. 

Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu condemned the attack. “We all should curse the terror, regardless of whichever political view we have or whichever religion we belong to,” he said in Istanbul. “We face a scene that Turkey does not deserve.”

Kilicdaroglu and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag cancelled election events for the day. Turkey is to hold a general election on Nov. 1.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also cancelled his program of events in Istanbul and was briefed by Altinok and Muezzinoglu.

The HDP was among the groups who called for the demonstration.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Ekim 2015, 12:52