3 Top Police Officials Sacked Over Ankara Bombings

3 Top Police Officials Sacked Over Ankara Bombings3 Top Police Officials Sacked Over Ankara Bombings

Three top Turkish police officials were sacked on Wednesday over the weekend’s twin blasts in Ankara, as the under-fire president paid homage to the 97 killed in the country’s bloodiest attacks.

The Turkish Interior Ministry said the officials fired included the head of police for the greater Ankara area, as well as his intelligence and public security chiefs, amid accusations of security lapses, Middle East Eye reported.

Earlier Wednesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan laid a wreath in front of the city’s railroad station where two suicide bombers blew themselves up on Saturday in a crowd of leftist and pro-Kurdish activists attending a peace rally.

The weekend bombings have raised political tensions to new highs as Turkey prepares for a November 1 snap election, with polarization within the country now greater than ever.

Erdogan has admitted there were security shortcomings but said their magnitude would only be made clear once all the details are available.

  Special Investigation

Erdogan said the Ankara attack culprits will be brought to justice but warned “some patience is needed” as DNA tests are carried out on the remains of the two suicide bombers.

“There must undoubtedly be a mistake, a shortcoming in some place. Of what dimension? This will emerge after examinations,” Erdogan said on Tuesday.

“If there’s any negligence of duty, then both the prime minister and related units will take steps needed. Nobody should doubt it.”

Erdogan announced that he ordered the State Supervisory Council, an inspection body attached to the Turkish presidency, to undertake a special investigation “to handle (the attack) from a different perspective”.

Its probe will be held in parallel with the regular police and judicial investigation.

Erdogan said Turkey received intelligence indicating that the Ankara attack may be linked to Syria, where IS militants have captured swathes of territory up to the Turkish border.

“We received intelligence that there were some preparations for various attacks by entering our country. There is some intelligence that this has roots in Syria,” he said.