Nationwide Blackout in Turkey Causes Mass Panic, Terrorism Suspected

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A nationwide power outage on Tuesday has left the Turkish public in a state of panic as energy workers try to repair damaged transmissions lines.

Outages have been reported in dozens of major cities including Istanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Antalya and Adana , sending public transportation services, communications, and commerce to grinding halt across the entire nation.

Metro stations and tramways have been evacuated. Traffic signals are offline in Istanbul, resulting in gridlock.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu went on record to say, “We’re considering all probabilities behind nationwide power outage, including terrorism.”

“We cannot confirm whether power outage was a cyber or terrorist attack,” explained Energy minister Taner Yıldız. Power was restored to some provinces by midday, while many others are still affected.

Residents in the province of Kocaeli reported hearing a large explosion, but these reports are as of now unconfirmed.

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