The city's Islamist mayor refused to send firefighters to put out the blaze. The Islamist assault took eight hours, without any intervention from the police, military or fire department.
Ankara, Turkey's capital, has a population of about five million. Istanbul, the country's biggest city and commercial capital, has more than 15 million inhabitants. Turkey's top two cities have since 1994 been uninterruptedly run by elected mayors who feature various blends of religious conservatism, nationalism and Islamism.