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Newsline: Australian ambassador just metres away from deadly Turkey bomb blast

Australia’s ambassador to Turkey was just metres away from a huge suicide car bomb that has claimed the lives of 27 people and injured 75 others in the capital, Ankara. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told Seven’s Sunrise ambassador James Larsen was in a car at an intersection as the car bomb ripped through a busy square in central Ankara in the latest in a spate of attacks to hit Turkey. “He was about 20 metres away and he likened it to a bomb going off in one of Sydney’s busiest streets or one of Melbourne’s busiest streets,” Ms Bishop told Sunrise. “He said it was an horrific sight.” Ms Bishop confirmed that no one from the Australian embassy was injured, condemning the terrorist attack she says is a reminder of “why we are in a coalition to defeat terrorism in all its forms”.



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