PESHAWAR, 10 October: At least 86 people were killed and 186 others sustained injuries when two explosions occurred during a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara on Saturday.

Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu told reporters that sixty-two people died on the spot while 24 injured succumbed to their injuries in hospital. He said another 186 people had been injured in the attack.

The rally was demanding an end to the violence between the Kurdish separatist PKK militants and the Turkish government, and had been due to start at 12:00 local time.

The pro-Kurdish HDP party was among those attending, and it said in a statement  that it believes its members were the main target of the bombings.

The leader of the HDP has blamed the state for the attack, which he called “a huge massacre”, and cancelled all election rallies.

The party has previously blamed the government for colluding in attacks on Kurdish activists, which the government denies.

Compiled from media reports.

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