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Three killed in blast in central Turkish capital: deputy PM


08:09, September 21, 2011

Firefighters work at the site of a blast in the centre of Ankara, September 20, 2011. A bomb blast rocked the centre of the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday and some media reports said two people were killed, while a local mayor said nobody was dead but 15 people were wounded. (Xinhua/Reuters)

ANKARA, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said on Tuesday that three people were killed, 12 others were wounded in a strong explosion in the Turkish capital Ankara, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

Fire broke out after the blast took place in a vehicle on Kumrular Street in Kizilay of central Ankara. At least six cars and a building were seriously damaged.

Atalay said necessary examinations were underway, adding "aid teams rushed to the area immediately after the blast. There is no fire in the region at the time being. Teams are investigating what caused the explosion."

The ambulances and fire bridages rushed to the scene and the injured have been taken to three hospitals for medical treatment, Anatolia reported.

Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's office said the blast is a terrorist attack, according to local NTV.

Tight security measures have been taken in case of a second explosion, said the report, adding that citizens and journalists are not allowed to enter the area.

The cause of the explosion has not been determined yet.

Police have cordoned off the area and the bomb squad was deployed to the blast site.

Meanwhile, a woman chanting slogans near the site of the blast was detained by the police, according to the Turkish leading newspaper Hurriyet Daily News.

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