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Russia, Iran condemn Turkey blast

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Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi-Ansari

Iran has condemned a deadly explosion in the Turkish capital, Ankara, which claimed the lives of 28 people and wounded over 60 others.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi-Ansari expressed sympathy with the Turkish government and nation and offered condolences to the families of the victims.

The car bomb blast occurred near the armed forces' headquarters in central Ankara on Wednesday.

Jaberi-Ansari  said the incident once again underscored the need to fight terrorism as a global threat.

Russia on Thursday expressed its deep condolences to the people of Turkey over the deadly explosion in Ankara, Russia's Foreign Ministry said.

It said the terrorist act underlined the need for all countries to unite to fight international terrorism.

 

Following the incident, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed revenge against those responsible for the blast.

Erdogan also canceled a scheduled visit to the Azerbaijani capital, Baku. A planned Thursday mini-summit of the European Union on the refugee crisis between Turkey and 11 EU countries was also called off after Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu scrapped plans for a Brussels visit.


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