Two explosives go off along Erdogan’s Çankaya route in Ankara

Two homemade explosives went off in the courtyard of a building located in the Çankaya neighborhood of Ankara, one a half-hour before and one 15 minutes after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan passed by the building, Today’s Zaman reports. 

A large number of police officers, bomb disposal teams and members of counterterrorism and intelligence units were dispatched to the scene. After an examination, the teams discovered that the blasts came from homemade explosives placed inside three plastic bottles. One of them had not been set off by the time they were found. According to experts, the explosives were not of a type that could have had a strong impact.

A criminal investigation has been launched into the incident to discover for whom or what the explosives were meant for, whether they are linked to a terrorist organization and whether they were targeting President Erdoğan.

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