Deadly explosion in central Ankara

Media captionFootage shows the chaotic aftermath of the blast in the Turkish capital, Ankara

A suspected car bomb has exploded in the Turkish capital Ankara, with officials saying 25 people have been killed.

The city administration said another 75 people had been injured.

Witnesses say the explosion was in the Guven park in the Kizilay district close to several bus stops. Some vehicles were on fire.

Last month, a bomb attack on a military convoy in Ankara killed 28 people and wounded dozens more.

The Hurriyet newspaper said the latest blast happened at about 18:41 (16:41 GMT) and the area was being evacuated in case of a second attack. Many ambulances were at the scene, it added.

A senior Turkish security official told Reuters news agency that the blast was believed to have been caused by a suicide car bombing.

The BBC’s Mark Lowen in Istanbul says three attacks in the Turkish capital in less than six months show the multiple security threats that Turkey now faces.

The country that was the stable corner of the Middle East and the West’s crucial ally in a volatile region is now at a dangerous moment, he adds.

Last month’s bombing was claimed by a Kurdish militant group, the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK). It said on its website that the attack was in retaliation for the policies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey, however, blamed a Syrian national who was a member of another Kurdish group.

Last October, more than 100 people were killed in a double-suicide bombing at a Kurdish peace rally in Ankara.

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