Ankara has been a real happening place as of late. As has been the Turkish PM Erdogan.
All very high profile stuff. Syrian Transitional Government selections, again.
Erdogan as the saviour/rock star of the Arab world
Now a bomb? Or not? An explosion anyway. News was reported in Turkey, then picked up elsewhere.
An extremely violent blast echoed through the center of Ankara this morning, giving rise to an intense pall of smoke. The news was reported by Turkish media, according to which the explosion caused an unspecified number of victims and damages to vehicles parked nearby. The explosion reportedly concerned a parked vehicle, although the causes have not been ascertained yet. . .
A suspected car bomb exploded across a secondary school in the Turkish capital on Tuesday, wounding 15 people, authorities said.From the Turks themselves-
Local media reports said at least two people were killed in the blast, but the death toll could not be independently confirmed.
An explosion, apparently in a parked vehicle in front of a district governorate building in Cankaya, rocked the centre of the Turkish capital Ankara around 11 AM Turkish local time, causing some casualties and wounded, also damaging surrounding vehicles, Turkish broadcasters reported.
The cause of the blast was not immediately clear. A bombing attack is heavily suspected. No further details were immediately available. Thick smoke rose from the area in central Ankara, which can be seen from all over the city. The fire initiated after the blast is reported to be in control.
The cause of the blast as the numbers of casualties and injured are not officially confirmed.
There is no solid reporting on casualties vs injured. Perhaps none have died, possibly two or three have died. Conflicting reports on whether it was a car bomb or mini-bus bomb. Or gas cylinder thrown near a car causing the car to burst into flames
The "bomb" went off very near government buildings in Ankara
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc suggested the blast was caused by a bomb, although Ankara's governor said it may have been caused by a burning gas cylinder.
"I've been informed that there was an explosion in a car on Kumrular Street, close to the PM's office, and there are heavy casualties," Arinc said. It was "either known or understood" the blast was caused by a bomb, he added.
15 people were wounded, five of them seriously. He said there were no fatalities. Earlier reports had said that two people had died.
Ankara governor Alaaddin Yuksel said a witness had reported that the blast was caused by a burning gas cylinder thrown into the street, which caused a fire that blew up a car. The incident was under investigation, he added.
So far the fingers seem to be pointed at the Kurds. So far......but that could change.
If it changes to Syria- the pretext to create a buffer zone may have just been presented to the world.
There was some news last week that Syrian troops "stormed a town near the Turkey border"
I had bookmarked the story, but, found it odd. It felt as if it was bogus. A plant.
Reasons as follows-
1-The town remained completely unnamed. Why?
2-The story emanated from "The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Right"
This group, from Britain, is likely tied to British Intelligence or the NATO apparatus or even worse, both.
3-And the picture that accompanied the article?! Very blurry!
Why do I get the feeling that these people are not protesting, but entering a gated area?
You know like those pens set up outside of big events that direct people towards a specified entrance?
Could this have been a crowd entering a sporting event? And not been protesting at all ?
I could be wrong. Turkey may connect this to the Kurds. But if a finger gets pointed at Syria at this point in time I won't be the least bit surprised.