Istanbul, Oct 11 () - Leaders of several countries have joined in unison condemnation of two deadly attacks which killed at least 95 people and wounded 246 in the capital city of Ankara on Oct. 10, while expressing solidarity with Turkey.
The twin bombings -- the deadliest attack in modern Turkish history -- were set off by suspected suicide attackers in a crowd of peace activists at an anti-government peace rally. The attacks, near Ankara's main train station, left bodies of dead demonstrators strewn across the ground.
Russia / Putin
Kremlin said in a written statement that Russian Leader Vladimir Putin sent a telegram to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, expanding his condolences. In the telegram, the Russian president expressed hope organisers of the cynical crime will be punished, and confirmed the readiness for most close cooperation with the Turkey authorities in fighting the terrorist threat. Putin sent words of most sincere sympathy with relatives of the victims and wished soonest recovery to the injured.
US / Obama
US President Barack Obama offered his condolences to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after terror attacks at a peace rally. "The president conveyed his deepest personal sympathies for those killed and injured in these heinous attacks, and affirmed that the American people stand in solidarity with the people of Turkey in the fight against terrorism and shared security challenges in the region" the White House said in a statement.
UK / Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron used Twitter to say that he had expressed condolences about the deadly peace rally attack to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. "My thoughts are with the victims and their families" Cameron said.
Germany / Merkel
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."
Merkel said 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."
France / Hollande
French President Francois Hollande, meanwhile, offered his condolences to the Turkish people and condemned "the attack that cost the lives of dozens of protesters in Ankara."
Council of Europe
I condemn the barbaric attack on peaceful demonstrators in Ankara today. Freedom of assembly is a fundamental pillar of democracy" Thomas Jagland, the secretary general of the top European human rights body, the Council of Europe, said.