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Explosions Kill Dozens At Peace Rally In Turkey

At least 86 people were killed and over 180 were injured when two explosions hit the Turkish capital Ankara Saturday.
Posted at 1:45 PM, Oct 10, 2015

Dozens are dead after one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in recent Turkish history. 

At least 86 people were killed and 186 injured by blasts at a scheduled peace rally near a train station in Ankara. (Video via CNN Turk)

Videos posted online showed the explosions going off and demonstrators scrambling for safety. (Video via Hurriyet)

Government officials are calling the blasts a terrorist attack and are investigating reports that a suicide bomber was responsible. (Video via TRT)

The peace rally was calling for an end to the fighting between the state and Kurdish forces in southeast Turkey. 

The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, which helped organize the rally, released a statement saying it believes its party was the target of the attack. (Video via Bugun TV)

Saturday’s bombing follows an attack in July in the city of Suruc, which left at least 32 people dead. The attack targeted a gathering of leftist university students. 

Turkey is experiencing instability as it attempts to contain a Kurdish insurgency, absorb refugees from two wars at its southern border and prepare for snap elections in November. 

This video includes images from Getty Images.