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Galatasaray Confirm Umut Bulut's Father Died in Terrorist Attack on Ankara

Umut Bulut of Galatasaray during the Turkish Super Lig match between Galatasaray and Mersin Idmanyurdu on September 12, 2015 at the Turk Telekom stadium in Istanbul, Turkey.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2016

Galatasaray announced on Monday that forward Umut Bulut's father was among those killed in Sunday's terror attack on the Turkish capital of Ankara.

According to's Jon Fisher, the club released a statement naming Kemal Bulut as one of the 37 victims killed:

Our capital was shaken by the fatal attack which targeted innocent people yesterday evening and we have once again been devastated by the news we received this morning.

We have learned with sorrow that Umut Bulut's father Kemal Bulut was one of the people to lose their lives. The club and the players offer their condolences to Umut Bulut and his family. The pain is very great.

As Fisher reported, the attack is thought to have been carried out by two suicide bombers. The BBC reported over 100 people were injured.

The club reiterated their condolences to Bulut's father on their official Twitter feed: shared a photo of the pair:

Selahattin Baki, a congress member for rival club Fenerbahce and a Sheffield United board member, also offered his condolences:

The explosion, the result of a car bomb in Guven Park, which is close to the Department of Defence in the Kizilay district of Ankara, follows a bombing in February that claimed the lives of 28 people.

It is the third attack on the city in the last six months, with over 100 people killed in a blast in October.

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