Three persons succumbed to their injuries in hospital, bringing the balance of the car bomb attack occurred Sunday evening in the center of Ankara 36 dead plus one of its authors, announced Monday the Turkish Minister of Health Mehmet MГјezzinoglu.
"We lost three of our people to the hospital. At this stage, 37 people died in this terrorist attack, "said Mr. Muezzinoglu told reporters, adding that" at least one of the victims "was the bomber.
The minister added that 71 injured were still hospitalized Monday morning.
"I condemn in the strongest possible terms this cowardly attack that targeted innocent civilians, I condemn this terrorist mentality," said the minister.
Sunday at 6:45 p.m. local (4:45 p.m. GMT), a car bomb came to explode against a municipal bus in the district of Kizilay busy, home to many shops and major transportation node of the Turkish capital.
This attack was not claimed but its the procedure similar to that committed on February 17, in the same neighborhood, which targeted the bus carrying military personnel and killed 29 people.
The previous attack was claimed by the Freedom Falcons of Kurdistan (TAK), a splinter group of the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), listed on the list of terrorist organizations by the United States and the EU European (EU).
The Turkish press has accused Monday the PKK to be responsible for the bombing of Kizilay, as fighting raged between armed Kurdish movement and the Turkish security forces in southeast predominantly Kurdish Turkey.