Turkish capital bans public meetings due to militant attack fears
ANKARA - Reuters
Authorities in Ankara have banned public meetings and marches until the end of
November after receiving intelligence that militants were planning attacks in
the city, which has been targeted with bombings over the past year.
The ruling, announced by the Ankara Governor’s Office, came as Turkey pursued a
near two-month-old military operation in Syria in support of rebels to drive
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants away from its southern
ISIL and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants have carried out
attacks in the capital. This month two suspected PKK militants believed to be
planning a car bomb attack blew themselves up in a standoff with police in
“Based on intelligence received by our governor’s office, it has been
determined that illegal terror groups are aiming to carry out attacks in our
province and have made some preparations,” the governor’s office said in a
statement on its website.
It said there were fears that public meetings and protests in Ankara province,
an area encompassing the city and surrounding towns, were being targeted by
The ban was set to remain in place until Nov. 30 under a state of emergency
decree law, which was imposed after the failed coup attempt of July 15.
Just over a year ago, more than 100 people were killed in an ISIL suicide bomb
attack targeting a peace and labor march.
PKK militants were blamed in March for a car bomb which tore through a
transport hub in Ankara, killing at least 34 people in the second such attack
in under a month.
While Turkey’s army continues operations in northern Syria, Ankara says
Turkey-trained forces are also participating in an assault to push ISIL out of
the Iraqi city of Mosul.