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Explosion in Ankara kills three, official says

Turkey Materials 20 September 2011 19:25
An explosion in the Turkish capital Ankara has killed three people and injured 15 more, Turkish Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said in a press conference reported by the state TRT Haber TV news channel Tuesday, reported dpa.
Explosion in Ankara kills three, official says

An explosion in the Turkish capital Ankara has killed three people and injured 15 more, Turkish Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said in a press conference reported by the state TRT Haber TV news channel Tuesday, reported dpa.

TRT reported that officials had confirmed that the source of the explosion appeared to be a parked car and was most likely caused by an explosive device planted by a terrorist group.

However, officials had not ruled out the possibility that it could have been caused by the vehicle's gas tank exploding.

The vehicle was reported as having been converted to run on LPG autogas, which in Turkey is cheaper than either petrol or diesel. Around 40 per cent of vehicles on Turkish roads have been converted to run on LPG. Explosions in such vehicles are rare.

Reports on other TV channels claimed that a woman was arrested close to the scene of the explosion after shouting slogans.

TRT footage showed smashed shop windows and a group of parked cars burning as well as a number of injured people being evacuated by ambulance.

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