Alwaght- A suicide bomber has detonated an explosive device outside the Interior Ministry headquarters in the Turkish capital Ankara, local authorities have reported.
The blast on Sunday morning was an attempted terrorist attack, according to the Turkish authorities. Two perpetrators were involved in the incident, one of whom blew himself up, while the other was neutralized by the security forces, the Interior Ministry added.
Two police officers were injured in the standoff, officials said.
The attack occurred on the day when Turkey's parliament was scheduled to reconvene following its summer recess. Reports indicate that the session is expected to proceed as planned.
Last November, an explosion rocked a busy pedestrian area in the center of Turkey's largest city, Istanbul. The blast killed eight people, including two children, and injured 80 others. The Turkish authorities blamed the attack on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG. The PKK denied any involvement.