A female member of the separitist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has been identified as one the two suspects in a car bombing in Turkey's capital that killed at least 37 people and wounded around 125 others on Sunday, officials said Monday.
The blast, which could be heard several kilometers away and is the second such attack in the area in less than a month, occurred on the city's main boulevard, Ataturk Bulvari, close to Ankara's main square, Kizilay.
Evidence has been obtained that one of the bombers was a female member of the PKK who joined the militant group in 2013, the security officials told Reuters.The government has said it expects to officially identify the organization behind the attack later on Monday, Reuters reported.
Turkish warplanes bombed camps belonging to the PKK in northern Iraq early Monday, the army told Reuters.
The private NTV news channel said a car, believed to be laden with explosives, detonated close to a bus. Several vehicles then caught fire, it said. The area is close to government offices, including the justice and interior ministries, as well as a courthouse and the former office of the prime minister.
Dogan Asik, 28, said he was on a bus when the explosion occurred.
"We were thrown further back into the bus from the force of the explosion," said Asik, who sustained injuries on his face and arm.
Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said 30 of those killed had died at the scene, while the four others died in hospital. At least one or two of the dead were attackers, he said, and 19 of the 125 wounded were in critical condition.