International support for Turkey continues in wake of Ankara bomb

Countries worldwide clamour to offer Turkey condolences day after car bomb kills at least 28 people in Turkish capital

ANKARA (AA) – The day after a car bomb blamed on a member of the YPG militia exploded in Ankara killing at least 28 people, the world has continued to voice its disapproval.

On Thursday, Britain’s ambassador to Turkey, Richard Moore, expressed his condolences to the families of those who died in Wednesday’s deadly attack.

“This is something where the U.K. feels strong affinity,” Moore said during a two-day economic conference titled Turkey-UK Partnership in Financial Services in Istanbul.

“We too have suffered and continue to suffer from the curse of terrorism and so I can assure you people of the U.K. feel a strong sense of solidarity with you after this event.”

The Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan also added their voices to the international condemnation.

Malaysia’s foreign ministry said in a statement Thursday that the government regards the attack “as a heinous act of terrorism and the perpetrators should be brought to justice,” while Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the bombing.

Sharif said in a statement that the government and people of Pakistan stood alongside Turkey and “condemned terrorism in its all forms and manifestations”.

Elsewhere, the Philippines and Indonesia offered prayers for those who perished.

“Let us all strive harder to work for peace,” Philippine Ambassador to Turkey Maria Rowena Sanchez underlined in a statement published Thursday on Facebook.

An initial report from Ankara’s governor suggested that three military-owned vehicles and a private vehicle were targeted by the suicide bomber close to Turkish General Staff and parliament buildings.

Sanchez underlined that the ensuing blast occurred just 30 minutes away from the Philippine’s embassy.

On Thursday, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the bombing was carried out jointly by a YPG member infiltrating from Syria, and PKK members based in Turkey.

“The YPG is a pawn of the Syrian regime, and the regime is directly responsible for the Ankara attack,” he said.

Davutoglu confirmed that 27 members of Turkish military were martyred, along with one civilian.

The blast saw a further 61 people injured.

No group has claimed responsibility for the car bomb, which comes amid a string of attacks in Turkey by Daesh, PKK and YPG terrorists.

– Anadolu Agency correspondents worldwide contributed to this story.

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