The Islamic State (IS) group is the prime suspect in the
Ankara bombings that killed nearly 100 on Saturday,
Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu has said.
No group has said it carried out the attack, but the
government believes that two male suicide bombers caused
The official death toll is 97, but one of the main groups at
the march put the number of dead at 128.
The funerals of more of the victims are taking place on
Saturday’s explosions ripped through a crowd of activists
gathering outside the main railway station in the Turkish
They were due to take part in a rally calling for an end to
the violence between Turkish government forces and the
militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Speaking on Turkish television, Mr Davutoglu said the
bombings were an attempt to influence the forthcoming
elections, due to take place on 1 November after a vote in
June left no party able to form a government.
Many of the victims were activists of the pro-Kurdish HDP
party, which says it is now considering cancelling all
The HDP believes its delegation at the march was
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On Saturday the PKK unilaterally declared a ceasefire.
However, this was rejected by the Turkish government,
which carried out cross-border air strikes on PKK positions
in southern Turkey and Iraq on Sunday.
Mr Davutoglu said authorities were close to identifying one
of the suicide bombers.
Some local media have implicated the brother of a man who
carried out an IS bombing in the southern border town of
Suruc in July, which killed more than 30 people.
The BBC’s Mark Lowen in Ankara says that critics of the
Turkish government believe it is using IS as a scapegoat –
and that murky elements of a so-called “deep state” are to
blame for the bombings, aiming to shore up his support
ahead of the elections.
The leader of the HDP, Selahattin Demirtas, said the state
had attacked the people – and that the people of Turkey
should be the recipients of international condolences, not
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Thousands of people attended the funeral of victim Uygar
Cosgun on Monday, some of them chanting anti-
government slogans, said the BBC’s Middle East editor
One of the victims of Saturday’s attacks has been identified
as 70-year-old Meryem Bulut, a member of the Saturday
Mothers group, who have protested about their missing
sons since the 1990s.
Turkey is mourning the deaths of at least 97 people. These
are just a few of those who lost their lives, clockwise from
Elif Kanlioglu: A 20-year old student in her second year
of university, who loved studying foreign languages.
Yilmaz Elmascan: Described by a friend as a peace-
loving man, who got married last year. His wife is also
said to have been killed in the attack.
Sebnem Yurtman: Studied at Ankara university, and
later in Adana. She was described as “full of life”.
Mesut Mak: He was a member of an agriculture and
forestry union. He had a daughter.