2 suicide bombers blow themselves up in Ankara police operation

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Police forensic officers work at the scene of a suicide bombing in Haymana, in the outskirts of the capital Ankara, on October 8, 2016. Two suicide bombers detonated their explosives during a police operation in the Turkish capital Ankara on October 8 after officers called on the suspects to surrender, state media reported. They set off the car bomb they had prepared, the official Anadolu news agency said, adding that the two suspects were dead. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

 

Two suicide bombers who were preparing for an attack in the nation’s capital blew themselves up in a car during a police operation near an Ankara highway on Saturday morning.

 

Before the incident in the Haymana district of the capital in which both attackers died, the police were tipped off from Diyarbakır that three suicide bombers were preparing for an attack in Ankara. When the bombers were asked to surrender, they blew themselves up with a large amount of explosives on their persons.

 

Although an investigation has not yet been completed, the governor of Ankara said the terrorists are thought to have had links to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), referring to one of the attackers as a man from Bingöl named Harun Arslan. The other terrorist, believed to have been a woman, has not yet been positively identified, but news channel NTV announced the name of female bomber as Mahide Ataş, who was born in 1990.

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