NATO Chief Condemns Ankara Bombing, Pledges Allies’ Solidarity With Turkey
NATO Chief Condemns Ankara Bombing, Pledges Allies’ Solidarity With Turkey © REUTERS/ Yves Herman
00:45 14.03.2016(updated 00:57 14.03.2016) Get short URL
Stoltenberg condemned the deadly blast in Ankara, saying the military bloc stood in solidarity with the Turkish government.
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Sunday condemned the deadly blast in Ankara, saying the military bloc stood in solidarity with the Turkish government.
“I strongly condemn tonight’s terrorist attack at a bus stop in central Ankara,” Stoltenberg said in a statement, adding “there can be no justification for such heinous acts of violence.”
He extend his deepest condolences to those bereaved and wished the wounded a full and rapid recovery.
“All NATO Allies stand in solidarity with Turkey, resolute in our determination to fight terrorism in all its forms,” he asserted.
Turkey has been a staunch ally of the 28-nation military bloc and is viewed as a NATO stronghold in the Middle East, protecting its southern borders.
The car bomb blast at a bus stop near Ankara’s central Kizilay square killed 34 people and injured 125, 19 of whom are in serious condition, according to the Turkish health ministry. It comes less than a month after a bomb attack on a military convoy in the capital killed 28 people and wounded dozens more.