Islamic State is prime suspect in Turkey bombing - PM Davutoglu

by Reuters
Monday, 12 October 2015 08:46 GMT

ISTANBUL, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Islamic State is the focus of investigations into a twin suicide bombing that killed at least 97 people in the Turkish capital Ankara, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday.

Speaking on Turkish broadcaster NTV in a live interview, Davutoglu said Saturday's attack was an attempt to influence the outcome of a parliamentary election due on Nov. 1 and that necessary steps would be taken if security failures were found to have contributed to the bombing.

The pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which said it was targeted in the attack, has put the death toll at 128. Davutoglu's office has said 97 people were killed.

(Reporting by Daren Butler; Writing by Nick Tattersall)

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