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At least 34 killed in Ankara blast; Dozens wounded

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party has issued a statement condemning today’s attack in central Ankara, which has killed at least 27 people and wounded 75 others.

An explosion believed to have been caused by a car bomb occurred near Ankara’s main square.

The Peoples’ Democratic Party, HDP, said it shares “the huge pain felt along with our citizens.”

The HDP’s statement was significant because the party is frequently accused of being the armed wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK – an accusation it denies. It has also been accused of not speaking out against PKK violence.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, although Kurdish militants and the Islamic State group have carried out bombings in the city recently.

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