One hurt in bomb blast near Turkish PM’s office: TV

ANKARA: A bomb exploded Monday near the offices of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, lightly injuring one person, officials and media said.

The device, which was in a small plastic bottle, went off at around 0730 GMT, 20 metres (yards) from the building in the central Kizilay district, one and a half hour before a cabinet meeting to be headed by Erdogan.

“It appears that the explosive material was 150 grammes of light explosives placed inside a plastic bottle,” Ankara governor Alaaddin Yuksel was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency.

The official however declined to comment on the possible motive of the attack that occured on the same street housing both the prime minister’s offices and the supreme court of appeals.

“There’s an ongoing investigation,” he said.

The blast came less than a week after a remote-controlled bomb exploded in Istanbul near Erdogan’s ruling party headquarters, which wounded 15 police officers and one civilian.



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