(Updates death toll, wounded.)
Ankara, Oct 10 () - Two blasts shook a road junction in the center of the Turkish capital Ankara on Oct. 10, causing many casualties including fatalities. At least 86 were killed, 186 wounded, according to the Health Minister.
The twin explosions erupted ahead of a "peace" march organized by labor unions and a number of NGOs to demand peace in Turkey. The cause of the blasts was not immediately clear.
A witness told one of the explosions occurred at the place where protesters were leaving their bags.
The organizer committee told the march was cancelled and urged people gathering for the protest to leave and go back to their home towns, in order to assure own security.
The police emptied the scene to avoid more casualties in any possible third attack.
HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş said in Istanbul that the attack was very similar to the two recent attacks in Diyarbakır and Suruç. “The toll is very high,” he said.
On June 5, two days before the general elections that took HDP to the parliament as a party group, four people died in a twin bomb attack on a HDP rally in Diyarbakır, one of the strongholds of the party in the southeast, where Demirtaş was scheduled to address the crowd.
Turkey is now heading for a re-election on Nov 1, as the former election failed to produce a one-party or coalition government.
A sum of 33 people died in a July 20 attack on a socialist youth group by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the southeastern district of Suruç.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will meet with with Deputy PM Yalçın Akdoğan, Health Minister Mehmet Müezzionğlu, Interior Minister Selami Altınok, the police chief, the intel chief and Ankara Mayor at noon in Ankara, CNNTürk reported.
Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaorğlu said Turkey does not deserve this, also announcing that his party has cancelled all events today.
The party is ready to lend any support to end terrorism, he said. "We are ready with all our power" he said. "We have to spent joint efforts," he added.
CHP deputy leader Gürsel Tekin said a number of lawmakers from his party were planning to attend the meeting to lend support for the call for peace. Musa Kart, one of those deputies, shared the photo of an iron shot on the social media, saying that such pieces dropped from the air.