Death toll from Ankara attack rises to 99: Turkish PM


The death toll from the double suicide bombing in Ankaranow stands at 99, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlusaid on Oct. 14, lightly raising the previous toll of 97 people.

“Ninety-nine people were killed. Ninety-four corpses have been returned to the families and four corpses are to be given to families who have been informed,” Davutoğlu told Show TV in an interview.

He said that one Palestinian was also killed in the attack and Turkey was waiting for his family to take the body. Davutoğlu did not detail under what circumstances the increase in the death toll came about.

In the worst attack in modern Turkey’s history, two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowd of peace activists in the capital Ankara on Oct. 10.

Turkish media reports said on Oct. 14 that the two bombers have been identified as Yunus Emre Alagöz, the brother of the man who carried out a similar attack in the town of Suruç in July killing 34, and Ömer Deniz Dündar who had twice been to Syria in recent times.

Davutoglu said on Oct. 12 that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was the prime suspect in the bombing but has also refused to rule out that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or leftist militants could be involved.


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