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Death toll of Turkey's deadly twin blasts rises to 95

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-10-11 07:01

Death toll of Turkey's deadly twin blasts rises to 95

A man reacts as others lay on the ground following an explosion during a peace march in Ankara, Turkey, October 10, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]

ANKARA - Death toll of the deadly twin blasts that hit a train station in the Turkish capital Ankara on Saturday rose to 95, according to an official statement issued by the office of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

The explosions rocked the train station where several unions, civic society organizations and pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party were due to hold a rally.

The rally aimed to protest conflict between the state and Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey.

Hundreds of people had gathered at the station when the blasts occurred, private Dogan news agency reported.

There were no claims of responsibility for the attack.

Witnesses said the first blast took place in front of a train station and the second occurred across the station.

Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan condemned the attack, which he said targeted the unity of the country.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democracy Party (HDP) leader Selahaddin Demirtas blamed the government for the explosions, saying that it was impossible for the Turkish intelligence to not know about the plot.

"They (authorities) even prevented the ambulances from coming (to the scene), they wanted the toll to increase," he said, accusing the state of turning into mafia and murderer.

However, the health ministry denied the accusations, saying that 55 ambulances were dispatched to the scene and 10 were kept on standby.

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