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Flames are seen in a street after a blast in central Ankara on Tuesday. REUTERS photo
Turkish Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin talked to journalists on Tuesday, saying three people were killed and 15 were injured in Tuesday’s blast that rocked central Ankara.
The cause of the blast was still uncertaion, Şahin said, but the probability of an explosive device was high.
“There is a high probability that this incident was a terrorist attack,” he said.
The explosion happened in a parked automobile with an LPG fuel tank, whichaccording to documents, was recently purchased and its official notary transfer to its new owner was incomplete.
The initial blast caused the surrounding LPG-fueled vehicles to catch on fire and explode, causing the carnage on the street.
A reporter from broadcaster NTV had said vehicles at the explosion site were thrown around by the force of the blast and shops near the point of explosion were damaged beyond recognition.
Police have cordoned off the area with suspicion of an explosive device. The bomb squad was also deployed to the location of the blast.
The injured were taken to different hospitals in Ankara.
Meanwhile, a woman chanting slogans near the site of the blast was detained by the police.