‘The US embassy in Turkey issued a security warning to American citizens two days before a blast caused by a suicide car bomb hit the center of Ankara on Sunday evening. At least 37 people were killed and 125 injured in the explosion.
The American embassy had warned on its website about a “potential plot to attack Turkish government buildings and housing in the Bahcelievler neighborhood,” in Çankaya District, where the Turkish National Library is located among other landmarks. “US citizens should avoid this area,” the embassy stated.
“We advise US citizens to review their personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings and local events, monitor local news stations for updates, and follow local authority instructions,” it added on Friday.’
Ankara Blast Death Toll Reaches 34 – Turkish Health Minister
‘The car bomb blast at a bus stop near Ankara’s central Kizilay Square was the second this year, after a military convoy was bombed in the capital in February.
In a written statement after the blast, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the bombing as a terror attack and vowed to crack down on terrorist organizations, which he said were trying to use instability in the region to target Turkey.
Turkish authorities have yet to say what militant group was behind the recent Ankara bombing, but the February attack was blamed on Kurdish militias.’
Turkey blocks Facebook, Twitter following deadly Ankara blast – reports
‘Turkish authorities banned Twitter and Facebook after images spread on social media depicting the suicide car bombing that killed and injured dozens in the Turkish capital of Ankara, local broadcasters reported.
Turkey’s telecommunications authority, TIB, blocked access to social media after a court-ordered ban was imposed, Turkish NTV and CNN Turk reported.
Access to Facebook, Twitter, and a number of other sites has been blocked because images showing victims of the tragedy were being shared on those platforms, according to the court.’