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Turkey stops ‘terror attack’ after suicide bomber detonates at Ankara police headquarters, 2nd assailant shot

Turkey’s security forces reportedly thwarted what officials are calling a “terror attack” after a bomb exploded outside the police headquarters in the capital of Ankara. 

At about 9:30 a.m. local time, two assailants arrived in a commercial vehicle outside the front of the entrance gate of the General Directorate of Security of Turkey’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and “carried out a bomb attack,” Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya wrote on X, formerly Twitter. 

“One of the terrorists blew himself up and the other terrorist was neutralized. During the fire, 2 of our police officers were slightly injured. I wish a speedy recovery to our heroes,” Yerlikaya wrote. 

“Our heroic police officers, through their intuition, resisted the terrorists as soon as they got out of the vehicle,” Yerlikaya later told reporters, according to The Associated Press. “One of them blew himself up while the other one was shot in the head before he had a chance to blow himself up.”

“Our fight against terrorism, their collaborators, the (drug) dealers, gangs and organized crime organizations will continue with determination,” he said.

Ankara has blamed the coup on the followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally of Erdogan. Turkey has listed Gulen’s movement, known as FETO, as a terrorist organization. Gulen denies any involvement in the failed putsch.

The “decision of the ECHR was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Erdogan reportedly said Sunday. “[Turkey] will not turn back in its fight against this band of traitors.” 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Danielle Wallace is a reporter for Fox News Digital covering politics, crime, police and more. Story tips can be sent to danielle.wallace@fox.com and on Twitter: @danimwallace. 

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