Kuwaitis In Ankara Safe After Kizilay Blast
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Dean of the Diplomatic Corps and Kuwait's Ambassador to Turkey Abdullah AlThuwaikh said that all Kuwaitis in Ankara were safe after the powerful explosion that rocked the Turkish capital on Sunday evening. Up to 34 people were killed and 75 others wounded when a blast hit the Kizilay district, central of the Turkish capital.

The blast, which could be heard several kilometers away, sent burning debris showering down over an area a few hundred meters (yards) from the Justice and Interior Ministries, a top courthouse, and the former office of the prime minister.

The embassy has not received any reports that any Kuwaiti was harmed, ambassador Al­Thuwaikh said, urging compatriots to be cautious and keep away from the site of explosion, reported state-owned news agency KUNA. 

He said that the embassy established an operating room to receive contacts from Kuwaitis in case of emergency.

NATO member Turkey faces multiple security threats. As part of a U.S.-led coalition, it is fighting Islamic State in neighboring Syria and Iraq. It is also battling PKK militants in its southeast, where a 2-1/2-year ceasefire collapsed last July, triggering the worst violence since the 1990s.

The bombing came two days after the U.S. Embassy issued a warning that there was information regarding a potential attack on government buildings in the Bahcelievler area of Ankara, just a few km (miles) away from the blast site.



14 Mar, 2016 0 831
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