On 17 February Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier commented as follows on the explosion in Ankara which claimed many lives and which is being treated by the media as a terrorist attack:
I am shocked by the news that another explosion in Turkey has killed so many people. We do not yet know all the facts. But if media reports calling it a terrorist attack are confirmed, the blast would indeed constitute a further cowardly act of violence in Turkey. My heartfelt sympathy goes to the families of the victims. We wish the many injured a speedy recovery.