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    Turkish police secure the site of an explosion after an attack targeted a convoy of military service vehicles in Ankara on February 17, 2016

    Ankara Attack 'Indicates Serious Security Breaches in Turkey'

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    Wednesday's deadly terror attack in the Turkish capital Ankara reflects a whole array of problems related to maintaining security in the country, according to Turkish lawmaker Eren Erdem.

    In an interview with Sputnik's Turkish edition, Eren Erdem, a lawmaker from the opposition Republican People's Party, said that the February 17 terror attack in Ankara mirrors a bevy of security-related problems in Turkey.

    "The fact that the explosion took place in Ankara's strategic center reflects a raft of very serious security problems and gaps pertaining to ensuring security in Turkey," he said.

    At the same time, he warned against jumping to any conclusions before a thorough investigation into the Wednesday attack is completed.

    Forensic experts arrive at the of site last night's explosion in Ankara, Turkey
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    Forensic experts arrive at the site of last night's explosion in Ankara, Turkey

    In any case, this attack confirms that the political turmoil shows no sign of abating in Turkey, according to Erdem.

    "It is already clear that it is the ongoing political instability which added significantly to such a horrendous act of terrorism taking place in Ankara's strategically important area," he said.

    On Wednesday, a car bomb exploded at a military housing complex near the parliament building in the Turkish capital, killing at least 28 people and injuring 61 more.According to media reports, the bomber was a Syrian national who had allegedly entered Turkey alongside refugees.

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey February 17, 2016, in this handout photo provided by the Presidential Palace
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    Earlier on Thursday, the Russian President's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow condemns the February 17 terrorist attack in Ankara and expresses its condolences to the families of the victims.

    The Turkish Foreign Ministry has meanwhile summoned the ambassadors from permanent member states of the UN Security Council following the attack in Ankara. The Ministry officials will hold separate meetings with the ambassadors of Russia, China, the United States, the United Kingdom and France, according to Turkeyish broadcaster NTV.

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