Turkey

300 kilogram bomb caused Ankara blast

Security source says the bomb was mix of TNT, RDX, ammonium nitrate, similar to device used in February

16.03.2016
300 kilogram bomb caused Ankara blast Caution tape is seen as Turkish police inspect the scene of an attack behind white awning in the capital Ankara, Turkey on March 14, 2016. A car exploded near a bus stop in the capital’s central Kizilay neighborhood Sunday evening leaving 37 people dead. (Murat Kaynak - Anadolu Agency)

Istanbul

ANKARA

The explosion that killed 37 people in Ankara on Sunday was caused by a 300 kilogram (660 pound) bomb consisting of a mix of RDX, TNT and ammonium nitrate, a security source said Wednesday.

Both RDX and TNT have military and industrial applications while ammonium nitrate is an explosive compound that mainly used as a fertilizer but is often added to homemade bombs.

The source, who spoke to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media, said the composition and scale of the bomb was similar to the device used in an attack on military buses in Ankara on Feb. 17 that killed 29.

PKK terrorist Seher Cagla Demir, 24, has been identified as the bomber by the Turkish authorities, who are also investigating the possibility there was another terrorist in the car.

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