The attack, the first in Ankara in several years, comes nearly a year after 6 were killed and 81 injured in a bombing on a busy commercial street in central Istanbul on November 13, 2022.

Turkey has blamed Kurdish militants for the Istanbul bombing, which brought back memories of a wave of attacks by militant groups in Turkish cities between mid-2015 and early 2017.

Here are some of those deadly attacks:

  • January 5, 2017: A police officer and a court employee are killed in a car bomb explosion in the Aegean port city of Izmir, wounding at least 10. Authorities blamed PKK militants for the attack.
  • December 31, 2016: ISIS claims responsibility for an attack that kills 39 people after a gunman opened fire indiscriminately at a crowded Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve.
  • December 17, 2016: A car bomb kills 13 soldiers and wounds 56 in an attack on an off-duty bus in the central city of Kayseri. A branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • December 10, 2016: Two simultaneous explosions, one by a car bomb and the other by a suicide bomber, kill 44 mostly policemen and injure more than 150 outside a football stadium in Istanbul. A branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, claimed responsibility for the attack.

August 26, 2016: A suicide truck bomb at a police headquarters in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast kills at least 11 and injures dozens. The PKK claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • August 20, 2016: A suicide bomber targeted a wedding in the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep, killing at least 51 people. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attacker was linked to Islamic State.
  • June 28, 2016: A triple suicide bombing and armed attack kill 45 people and injure more than 160 others at Istanbul's main airport. Turkey has handed down life sentences to people linked to the attackers believed to be linked to Islamic State.
  • May 12, 2016: Sixteen people die in a village in southeastern Turkey when improvised explosive devices intended for use in a suicide bombing explode in neighbouring Diyarbakir province. Security sources said Kurdish militants were believed to be transporting explosives.
  • March 19, 2016: A suicide bomber kills 4 people in a busy shopping area on Istiklal Street in the heart of Istanbul. Authorities confirmed that three Israelis, two of them U.S. citizens, and an Iranian citizen were killed in the explosion. Authorities said a Turkish citizen from ISIS was responsible for the bombing.
  • March 13, 2016: 37 people are killed when a car bomb explodes in a busy traffic area in the heart of the capital, Ankara.

February 17, 2016: 28 people are killed and dozens injured in Ankara when a car bomb explodes next to military buses near the headquarters of the armed forces, parliament and other government buildings.

  • January 12, 2016: A suicide bomber kills at least 10, mostly German tourists, in the heart of Istanbul's historic district in an attack for which authorities have blamed on ISIS.
  • October 10, 2015: Two bombings in Ankara kill more than 100 in front of the city's main train station. Turkish courts have handed down life sentences to perpetrators believed to be linked to ISIS.
  • September 8, 2015: Kurdish militants kill 15 policemen in two bombings in Turkey's eastern provinces of Mardin and Igdir.
  • July 20, 2015: An ISIS-linked suicide bomber kills more than 30, mostly students, in an attack on the predominantly Kurdish town of Suruc near the Syrian border.