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The Latest: US condemns deadly bombing, stands by Turkey

The Latest: US condemns bombing of peace rally in Ankara, stands with Turkey in terror fight

The Latest: US condemns deadly bombing, stands by Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Developments relating to Saturday's deadly bombing of a peace rally in the Turkish capital of Ankara. All times local.


7:25 p.m.

The United States says the fact that deadly bombing in Turkey's capital targeted a planned peace rally underscores the depravity of those who carried it out.

Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, says the U.S. will stand with the Turkish government and its people in the fight against terrorism. He says horrific acts like Saturday's bombing in Ankara will only make nations more determined to confront terrorism.

Two explosions Saturday targeted a peace rally by opposition supporters and Kurdish activists in Ankara, killing 86 people and wounding 186. Turkey's prime minister says the attacks likely were suicide bombings.

Price says the U.S. condemns the bombing and offers its condolences to the loved ones of the victims.


7:10 p.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has sent her condolences to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, calling the attacks that killed scores in Ankara "particularly cowardly acts that were aimed directly at civil rights, democracy and peace."

Two nearly simultaneous explosions on Saturday targeted a rally in Ankara by opposition supporters and Kurdish activists who were calling for equality and non-violence. Turkish officials say at least 86 people were killed and nearly 190 wounded.

Merkel says the attack "is an attempt at intimidation and an attempt to spread fear." She says "I am convinced that the Turkish government and all of Turkish society stands together at this time with a response of unity and democracy to this terror."

Updated : 2021-09-19 17:36 GMT+08:00