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Ankara: Suicide Bombing Near Turkey’s Parliament

On the first of October, 2023, the Turkish capital, Ankara, was shaken by a terrorist attack close to the parliament building, leaving two cops harmed. The attack, portrayed as a “terrorist” act by the Turkish Interior Ministry, stunned the country and provoked immediate investigations into the incident.

Ankara: Suicide Bombing Near Turkey's Parliament

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The attack unfurled when two attackers, including a suicide bomber, did a bombing close to the Overall General Directorate of Security of Turkey’s Ministry of Interior Affairs.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:30 AM local time, just hours before the parliament was scheduled to reopen for its autumn session.

The attack arrived in a light commercial vehicle, which they had hijacked in Kayseri, a city southeast of Ankara. Unfortunately, the vehicle’s driver was killed by the attackers before they completed their plan.

One of the attackers detonated an explosive device, taking his own life, while the other was neutralized by security forces stationed outside the building.

The result of the blast was caught by different news sources, showing the destruction caused by the blast. Windows were broken, garbage dispersed in the city, and the area was swarmed by soldiers, police, ambulances, fire trucks, and armored vehicles.

The attack resulted in two police officers sustaining minor injuries, primarily shrapnel wounds. Thankfully, their injuries were not life-threatening, but the psychological trauma of such an event is often long-lasting.

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The way that main two people were harmed should be seen as a demonstration of the fast reaction and courage of the security forces present at the scene.

President of the European Committee, Charles Michel, strongly condemned the attack, while the EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, expressed support for Turkey in its fight against terrorism.

Egypt, which has recently normalized ties with Turkey after years of tension, also condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with Turkey.

The US Embassy in Ankara and other foreign missions issued statements condemning the attack, emphasizing the need for solidarity in the face of terrorism.

Security footage got after the attack gives a chilling look into the moments leading up to the explosion. It shows the attackers’ vehicle slowing down near the ministry building’s entrance, followed by one assailant exiting the car.

The second attacker approaches the entrance in a tactical stance, and a large explosion ensues. The aftermath of the blast shows damage to the apparent guard tower near the entrance.

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An investigation concerning the attack was expeditiously started, however at this point, no particular group or individual has claimed responsibility.

Distinguishing the culprits and their thought processes will be essential in figuring out the more extensive ramifications of this incident.

The attack in Ankara highlighted the role of media and the spread of information in the aftermath of such events. Turkish authorities imposed a temporary blackout on images from the scene, refering to worries over disinformation.

This move follows a sweeping law passed in Turkey to combat disinformation, with potential penalties of up to three years in prison for those accused of violating the law.

Turkish officials have been quick to condemn alleged disinformation surrounding the attack. Fahrettin Altun, who heads Turkey’s directorate of communications, cautioned against the spread of what he labeled as disinformation and called for responsible reporting by the media.

Social media users were also warned against sharing images of the attack, with authorities launching an investigation against those who did so.

This underscores the challenge of managing information in the digital age, where misinformation and disinformation can spread rapidly.

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