The bomb attack in capital Ankara's Kizilay district as well as the meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama made the headlines in almost all Turkish dailies in their Wednesday editions.
All the newspapers wrote the bomb which exploded at 11:05 a.m. in Kumrular street of Kizilay yesterday morning. The bomb, which was planted in a cylinder and put in the trunk of a car, exploded near Cankaya Sub-governor's Office and in front of Namik Kemal Elementary School in Kumrular street. Three people were killed and 34 others were wounded in the explosion. Seven vehicles burned down due to the explosion. Police detained two suspects. Eyes turned to PKK terrorist organization but no one claimed the attack. Cumhuriyet, Turkiye and Zaman newspapers associated the attack's timing with the visit of Premier Erdogan to the United States. The newspapers also wrote about PKK terrorists' attack in the southeastern province of Siirt, killing four women and injuring two others.
Another headline which was written by all newspapers was Erdogan-Obama meeting. Erdogan is currently in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly meetings. Syria, Arab Spring, deployment of the anti-missile radar in Turkey, Israel-Turkey tension and fight against terrorism were high on the agenda of the meeting. Obama offered condolences to the families of bomb attack victims in Ankara, and said that U.S. support in fight against terrorism would continue.
All newspapers also wrote that international credit rating agency Standard & Poor's raised Turkey's local-currency sovereign ratings to "BBB-/A-3" from "BB+/B". The agency also affirmed its national scale ratings on Turkey and the country's foreign-currency sovereign ratings at "BB/B". The Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE) rose significantly after the statement of S&P. The benchmark National-100 index rose more than 3,500 points and reached a value of 61,721.84 points.
Milliyet, Vatan, Turkiye, Zaman and Yeni Safak also wrote a statement of President Abdullah Gul who gave information about the suspicious helicopter crash which killed Grand Unity Party (BBP) leader Muhsin Yazicioglu in 2009. Gul, who put State Supervisory Council into action regarding the inspection of the crash, said that they found results which were hard to believe. Gul said that he was presented a video footage about the crash showing a person was removing the flight recorder of the helicopter, while another person was checking the bodies on the ice.
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