Turkey: ‘Terrorists’ attack Interior Ministry in Ankara
01 October 2023 | 8:31 pm
Turkish media cited the interior minister as saying two "terrorists" blew up a car outside the ministry's gate. Gunshots were also reportedly heard in the area after the blast.
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