World leaders have condemned a terror attack in central Turkey’s Kayseri.
The Turkish General Staff said in a statement the car bomb targeted a public bus carrying off-duty troops near the Erciyes University campus at 8.45 a.m. local time (0545 GMT).
Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said all signs pointed towards the involvement of the PKK terrorist group.
Pakistan’s head of the foreign affairs ministry, Sartaj Aziz condemned terrorist attack in “strongest” terms.
WE CONDEMN IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS THE TERRORIST ATTACK
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack that took place in Kayseri today,” said Aziz.
Aziz extended condolences to the government and Turkish people “on behalf of the Prime Minister, the government and the people of Pakistan”.
“We reiterate our unwavering solidarity with Turkey and reaffirms strong belief that the brotherly people of Turkey would be successful in their resolute fight against the scourge of terrorism,” Aziz added.
President Vladimir Putin conveyed condolences to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and said Russia was “ready” to cooperate with Ankara in fighting against terrorism, Kremlin press service said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also talked to his Turkish counterpart on the phone following the attack and conveyed his condolences.
WE SUPPORT YOU IN FIGHTING TERRORISM THAT TURNS INTO A TERRIBLE CALAMITY
In a statement, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev condemned “bloody incident” and said: “We support you in fighting terrorism that turns into a terrible calamity. We always stand by brotherly Turkey.”
Germany has denounced the terror attack and voiced solidarity with Turkey in the fight against terrorism.
“Nothing can justify this perfidious violence,” German Foreign Ministry said in a press release on Saturday.
WE SHARE THE GRIEF, STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH TURKEY
“We share the grief, stand in solidarity with Turkey,” the statement said.
Germany’s EU minister Michael Roth expressed condolences and sympathies to the families and relatives of the victims.
In his Twitter account, Roth said: “I condemn the horrific terror attack in Kayseri. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. What Turkey really needs is peace.”
France also expressed condemnation and voiced support for Turkey’s fighting against terrorism.
“We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and their families,” Jean-Marc Ayrault, the French foreign minister said in a written statement.
“We express our solidarity with Turkey in the fight against terrorism.”
In a written statement, Thorbjorn Jagland, the secretary-general of the Council of Europe, said terrorist attacks must stop. “They lead only to human suffering and serve no political goal.”
“The Council of Europe stands by Turkey and its people in these difficult times,” Jagland added.
On his Twitter account, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko posted: “Condemn a terrorist attack in Kayseri. Condolences to families of victims. We stand by Turkey. Terrorism is unjustifiable.”