CAIRO: The Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ahmed Abu Zaid has strongly condemned a Wednesday bomb attack that killed 28 people and injured dozens in Turkey’s capital Ankara, read a Thursday statement on the ministry’s Facebook page.
Egypt expressed solidarity with the Turkish people and offered condolences to the families of the victims, the spokesperson added.
Abu Zaid reiterated Egypt’s stance in calling for concerted international efforts to confront the “awful phenomenon of terrorism.”
Late Wednesday, a car laden with explosives detonated in the Turkish capital next to military buses near the armed forces’ headquarters, parliament and other government buildings, reported Reuters.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing. The attack was preceded by a deadly bombing last month in Istanbul killing some 11 German tourists, which was blamed on the Islamic State (IS) militant group.
In October 2015, Ankara was hit by double bombing of a peace rally, killing at least 100 in the deadliest attack of recent times.
Wednesday attack comes amid series of deadly bombings that attack different countries, and mostly claimed responsibility by IS, the group that controls wide swaths of Syria.
The relations between Cairo and Ankara were strained after the July 2013 ouster of Morsi following mass protests calling for the end of his regime. Erdoğan has often described the ouster of Morsi as a “coup.”