Thousands gather in Ankara to pay respects to victims

Thousands of mourner gathered in Turkey today to show their respect for the victims of the twin bombing in Ankara on Saturday morning.

“We lost many beautiful people,” Ahmet said as tearful eulogies were given at a wake for labour activists in Ankara’s suburb of Batikent to The Guardian.

“I could not cry yesterday, I was in too much shock,” Mustafa said, tears now streaming from his eyes as he embraced a friend whose brother died in the blast.

At least 128 people were killed and more than 200 were wounded when two suspected suicide bombers targeted a peace rally organised by several leftist groups, including labour unions and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic party (HDP), to call for an end to the escalating violence between the Turkish government and the outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s party (PKK).

The attack is the deadliest on Turkish soil in the country’s recent history and was labelled a terrorist act by the government, which declared three days of national mourning.