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Sunday, 11 October 2015 07:04 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Developments relating to Saturday's deadly bombings targeting a peace rally in the Turkish capital of Ankara. All times local.

13:40 p.m.

Pope Francis has led followers in silent prayer for the victims of what he described as the "terrible slaughter" in the Turkish capital.

The pope paused for 30 seconds of silent prayer for "that dear country" during his traditional Angelus blessing Sunday. He told followers gathered in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican that news of the Ankara bomb attacks brought "pain for the numerous dead, pain for the wounded and pain because the attackers hit helpless people who were demonstrating for peace."

The twin explosions Saturday ripped through a crowd of activists rallying for increased democracy and an end to violence between Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces, killing 95.

13: 10 p.m.

Turkey's government says it has appointed two chief civil inspectors and two chief police inspectors to investigate the blasts in the Turkish capital which killed 95 people.

A statement from the government's crisis coordination center also said Sunday that 160 people hurt in Saturday's blasts were still hospitalized, with 65 in serious condition.

The statement said a total of 508 people sought medical treatment following the explosions —Turkey's deadliest attack in years.

The two explosions occurred seconds apart outside Ankara's main train station as hundreds of activists gathered for rally to call for increased democracy and an end to the renewed violence between Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces.

12:40 p.m.

A Turkish news agency reports that police have detained 14 suspected members of the Islamic State group in the central Turkish city of Konya.

The Dogan news agency says the group, which included a woman, was taken away Sunday following simultaneous raids to homes.

It was not clear if the detentions were related to the twin blasts in the capital Ankara on Saturday which killed 95 people and injured hundreds of others.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said there were "strong signs" that the attacks were suicide bombings. He suggested the Islamic State group or Kurdish rebels could be responsible.

12:15 p.m.

Scuffles have broken out in the Turkish capital as police used tear gas to prevent pro-Kurdish politicians and other mourners from laying carnations at the site of two suspected suicide bombings that killed 95 people and wounded hundreds in Turkey's deadliest attack in years.

Police held back the mourners, including the pro-Kurdish party's co-leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, insisting that investigators were still working at the site.

A group of about 70 mourners were eventually allowed to enter the cordoned off area outside the capital's main train station Sunday to briefly pay their respects for the victims.

The group of mourners then began to march toward a central square in Ankara, chanting slogans against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom many hold responsible for the spiraling violence that has plagued Turkey since the summer.

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