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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Find Car Bomb in Ankara

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish police foiled a bomb attack in Ankara on Tuesday, the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, averting what officials said would have been a disaster for the capital.

Ankara's governor, Kemal Onal, said police found a minbus packed with explosives near a parking garage in a central district of the city of 4 million.

"The police efforts prevented a possible disaster. ... It is too early to say who was behind this, but the bomb was big and I do not want to think what might have happened if it had gone off," Onal told reporters.

Turkish private broadcaster NTV said police had found about 300 kilograms of explosives at the scene. Explosive experts defused the bomb, Ankara Police Chief Ercument Yilmaz said, adding that the type of the explosives would be announced later.

Police evacuated houses and cordoned off the area near the multistory garage as a precaution while the bomb was being defused.

Kurdish separatists, ultra-leftists and Islamist militants have all carried out attacks in Turkey in recent years.

n A U.S. air base in western Germany received a bomb threat from a man who spoke in German with a Russian or Turkish accent Monday, prompting a large operation by local police and U.S. forces to secure the site. Local police said they had doubts about the legitimacy of the threat but were taking it seriously.

Reuters, AP