ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the Islamic State (IS) extremist group was the prime suspect in the double suicide bombings inAnkara that killed 97 and started anger within the authorities’ failure to ensure security.
In his first interview since Turkey was scarred on Saturday by its most deadly ever attack, Davutoglu insisted that snap elections would go ahead as planned on November 1 despite the bloodshed.
Tensions were ratcheted up by the assault on a peace rally of Kurdish and leftist, labour activists to new peaks in Turkey as the government wages a relentless campaign against Kurdish militants and grapples together with the clear presence of IS jihadists just in the border with Syria.
“Looking at the way in which the incident happened, we are probing Daesh as our first priority,” Davutoglu told NTV television, utilizing an alternative Arabic acronym for IS.
He said the attacks were completed by two suicide bombers.
Davutoglu nevertheless remained cautious, saying that authorities were investigating three groups including Islamic State but additionally the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the far left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) as “potential suspects.”
With international concern growing over Turkey’s equilibrium, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was to visit to discuss Turkey and Syria, a spokesman said.