'Death toll from Ankara attack rises to 99'

The death toll from the double suicide bombing in Ankara now stands at 99, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday, lightly raising the previous toll of 97 people.

AFP| Updated: Oct 15, 2015, 10:46 AM IST
'Death toll from Ankara attack rises to 99'

Istanbul: The death toll from the double suicide bombing in Ankara now stands at 99, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday, lightly raising the previous toll of 97 people.

"Ninety-nine people were killed. Ninety-four corpses have been returned to the families and four corpses are to be given to families who have been informed," Davutoglu told Show TV in an interview.

He said that one Palestinian was also killed in the attack and Turkey was waiting for his family to take the body. Davutoglu did not detail under what circumstances the increase in the death toll came about.

In the worst attack in modern Turkey's history, two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowd of peace activists in the capital Ankara on Saturday.

Turkish media reports said Wednesday that the two bombers have been identified as Yunus Emre Alagoz, the brother of the man who carried out a similar attack in the town of Suruc in July killing 34, and Omer Deniz Dundar who had twice been to Syria in recent times.

Davutoglu said on Monday that Islamic State (IS) was the prime suspect in the bombing but has also refused to rule out that Kurdish or leftist militants could be involved.