Explosive Terrorist Attack Strikes Turkish Parliament, Ankara’s Govt District
A “terrorist attack” occurred near Turkey’s parliament building in Ankara, resulting in two police officers being injured. The incident took place when two attackers arrived in a commercial vehicle.
They arrived around 9:30 am in front of the entrance gate of the General Directorate of Security of the Ministry of the Interior and carried out a bomb attack.
One of the terrorists detonated an explosive device, while the other was neutralized. Two police officers sustained minor injuries.
The targeted area houses several ministries and the Turkish parliament, which was set to reopen with an address from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Gunfire was reported in the cordoned-off district, with emergency services on the scene. The Ankara prosecutor’s office initiated an investigation and restricted access to the area.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Ankara has witnessed several attacks in recent years, with some attributed to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and others to the Islamic State group.
Turkey has designated the PKK as a terrorist organization, and it has been involved in a long-running insurgency against the Turkish state. The situation underscores the ongoing security challenges facing the region.
President Erdogan was scheduled to speak during the opening of the parliamentary session, which would validate Sweden’s entry into the NATO alliance.
Turkey and Hungary had previously lifted their vetoes against Sweden’s NATO membership, but the ratification process had been delayed.
Erdogan had sought action from Sweden regarding Koran desecrations that strained bilateral relations.
Some people were there who watched the incident unfold, and they called it terrifying. The explosion near the parliament was shocking, and the fact that police officers got hurt is heartbreaking.
People were about to hear President Erdogan speak about Sweden’s NATO entry, and this attack disrupted everything.
It’s terrible that these attacks keep happening in our country. We don’t yet know who did this, but it reminds us of the security challenges we face.
We hope the injured police officers recover quickly, and we hope we can find out who’s behind this attack. It’s a difficult time for Turkey, and we hope for peace and safety for all our people!