A huge bomb outside a crowded shopping mall in the heart of Turkey's capital Ankara killed six people and wounded 80 others on Tuesday, authorities said. "We have seen a vicious, ruthless terror attack at Ankara's busiest time," Prime Tayyip Erdogan told reporters at the scene of the blast.
A security source blamed the Kurdish rebels in the volatile southeast and Turkey's military chief said he feared similar attacks could hit other large cities.
According to Reuters, Erdogan said four Turks and one Pakistani died in the rush hour blast. State-run news agency Anatolia later said a sixth person had died in hospital and that six Pakistanis were also among the wounded.
Turkish channels CNN Turk and NTV said police were studying whether the bomb was placed in a package by a bus stop or if it was the work of a suicide bomber. Parts of the mall's entrance collapsed and shop windows were blown out.