PICS: Erdogan vows to bring 'terrorism to its knees'

2016-03-14 07:33
Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AP)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AP)

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Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to bring "terrorism to its knees" following an attack in the capital that killed at least 34 people.

Erdogan also said Turkey would use its right to self-defense to prevent future attacks and called for national unity.

Erdogan said: "our people should not worry, the struggle against terrorism will for certain end in success and terrorism will be brought to its knees."

The United States has also condemned the attack in the Turkish capital, which has killed 34 people and wounded about 125 others.

US State Department Spokesperson John Kirby on Sunday conveyed condolences to the families of those killed Sunday and wished a quick recovery for the wounded.

Kirby said: "We reaffirm our strong partnership with our Nato ally Turkey in combatting the shared threat of terrorism."

Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also condemned the attack, saying "there can be no justification of such heinous acts of violence".

A senior Turkish government official says police believe that Kurdish militants carried out the suicide bombing that killed at least 34 people in Ankara, based on "initial indications".

The official says one of the bombers was a woman. The official spoke on condition of anonymity on the grounds that the investigation was ongoing.

Around 125 other people were wounded in Sunday's attack, 19 of them in serious condition.

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