Court decides to arrest Ankara bombing suspect

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An Ankara court on Thursday decided to arrest a suspect who was detained on Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into a terrorist attack in the heart of Ankara last year.

The man, identified as Hüseyin Tunç., is accused of having helped two suicide bombers who blew themselves up in Ankara in the deadliest terrorist attack in Turkey’s history last October.

Tunç is thought to have brought the two bombers linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who killed 103 people in Ankara on Oct. 10 from Gaziantep to Ankara and transporting the explosives used in the attack. He is also accused of links to Yunus Durmaz, who is allegedly ISIL’s Gaziantep “commander.”

Tunç, who was detained in Gaziantep on Wednesday, was brought to Ankara later on Wednesday for further legal proceedings at the request of the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office. He was referred to court on Thursday morning after a medical examination at an Ankara hospital. He was subsequently arrested.

A total of 103 were killed and more than 400 people were injured on Oct.10, when two bombs were detonated outside Ankara Central railway station.

The area where the bombing took place was an area where people had gathered before heading to another location to hold a peace rally.

According to official statements, the two suicide bombers at the Ankara peace rally blew themselves up by each exploding 5 kilograms of TNT.

Back then, the Ankara Prosecutor’s Office named one of the bombers as Yunus Emre Alagöz, a young man from the eastern province of Adıyaman, whose brother carried out a similar attack in July.

His brother, Şeyh Abdurrahman Alagöz, walked into a group of pro-Kurdish activists in Suruç district of southeastern Şanlıurfa province in July and blew himself up, killing 33 people.

 

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