Two suicide bombers carried out Ankara attack: deputy PM
Two suicide bombers, using five kilograms of TNT explosives each, carried out Saturday's twin bomb blasts in Ankara that killed at least 97 people, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said late Monday.
"Two suicide bombers carried out the attack, and it is understood that they each used about 5 kilograms TNT explosives," Kurtulmus told reporters in Ankara.
The deputy premier did not reveal the gender or identities of the suspects, citing a confidentiality order issued by Ankara's Chief Public Prosecutor, but said that the investigation was "in its final stage and more or less concluded".
Earlier Monday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that they were close to identifying the two suspected suicide bombers and the organization behind the blasts; with the focus being on Daesh, who were also linked to the Suruc bombing on July 20 that killed 33 people.
Referring to Daesh, the PKK and the leftist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) group, Davutoglu said: "For us, these three organizations are seen as a potential focus for the crime and right from the start, we gave priority to Daesh, considering the method and general trend."
The prime minister added: "We ascertained how these two suicide bombers arrived at the square and how they carried the bomb."
Kurtulmus reiterated that the way the attack was carried out showed "a resemblance to the Suruc bombing", and said that "a large number of people have been detained in relation to the attack", without giving an exact number of suspects in custody.