Russia’s Putin says united effort against terrorism needed

Russian President Vladimir Putin is calling for united international effort against terrorists as he sends condolences to families of victims in deadly terrorist attack in Ankara, Turkey killing at least 95 and injuring hundreds while people are gathering for a peace rally Saturday.

“It is necessary to unite efforts in the fight against this evil. What happened in Turkey – it certainly is an impudent terrorist attack, a terrorist crime with scores of victims. And of course it is an attempt to destabilize the situation in Turkey, a neighboring and friendly country for us,” Putin said over Russia-1 TV channel.

Reports said that there were two blast, apparently suicide bombing, in the vicinity of Ankara’s main train station as people gather for a rally to protest the resumed conflict between government forces and the rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The White House in United States also expressed condolences. “The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s horrific attack in Ankara,” National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. “The fact that this attack occurred ahead of a planned rally for peace underscores the depravity of those behind it and serves as another reminder of the need to confront shared security challenges in the region.”