Go Back   RGN - Reliable Global News > RGN World News > Middle East > Turkey

Turkey All news

Thread Tools Display Modes

Ankara blast: Kurdish Group TAK Claims Bombing
Old 03-17-2016
RFMariano's Avatar
RFMariano RFMariano is offline
Site Owner - Administrator
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Florida, USA
Age: 75
Posts: 13,562
Rep Power: 188
RFMariano is a splendid one to beholdRFMariano is a splendid one to beholdRFMariano is a splendid one to beholdRFMariano is a splendid one to beholdRFMariano is a splendid one to beholdRFMariano is a splendid one to behold
Default Ankara blast: Kurdish Group TAK Claims Bombing

Ankara blast: Kurdish Group TAK Claims Bombing

Turkey has suffered a series of terror attacks in recent months
Sedat Suna

The Kurdish militant group TAK says it carried out Sunday's deadly attack in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

In an online statement it said the attack, which killed 37 people, was in revenge for military operations in the mainly Kurdish south-east.

The TAK, an offshoot of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), had already said it was behind another bombing in Ankara last month.

Authorities in Turkey have blamed the latest attack on the PKK.

In a further development, Germany closed its embassy in Ankara and its consulate and a school in Istanbul on Thursday citing a "concrete threat" of an imminent attack.

Twelve German tourists were killed in a suicide bombing blamed on the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Istanbul in January.
How dangerous is Turkey's unrest?

Tears and destruction amid PKK crackdown

Turkey in midst of hideous vortex
Sunday's suicide car bombing took place in a busy commercial district and transport hub in the city centre. Dozens of people were wounded.

Analysis by Mark Lowen, BBC Turkey correspondent

After a bombing in 2011, TAK went quiet for a few years but has now reared its head with an attack at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport in December and the two suicide bombings in Ankara.

The reason is clearly the resumption of armed conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish militants in the south-east.

Since a ceasefire between the two sides collapsed last July, hundreds have been killed and predominantly Kurdish cities are under repeated curfews.

Just as the PKK has resumed attacks on military and police targets largely in the south-east, TAK has stepped up its bombings in other parts of the country, targeting the capital to show it can hit the very heart of the Turkish state, revelling in exposing apparent security lapses.

The TAK, which stands for Kurdistan Freedom Hawks, was formed in 2004. It is regarded as the hardline offshoot of the PKK, rejecting any attempt at ceasefire talks with the Turkish state.

On Wednesday, the group said on its website (in Kurdish) that Sunday's bombing had been aimed at security forces and had not been intended to kill civilians.

However, it warned that further civilian casualties in its attacks were inevitable.

"On the evening of March 13, a suicide attack was carried out... in the streets of the capital of the fascist Turkish republic. We claim this attack," the group said.

Funerals have been held this week for victims of the blast

Earlier this week, Turkey named one of the bombers as Seher Cagla Demir, saying she was a member of the PKK.

The TAK statement confirmed her involvement, referring to her using the alias Seher Doga Jiyan.

Turkey said she had been trained by the Kurdish YPG militia, based in Syria, which it regards as an extension of the PKK.

The Turkish government considers the YPG a terrorist group, but its allies, including the US, support the YPG in its fight against IS.

Turkey said that a second suicide bomber was male, but had not yet been identified.

However, the TAK made no mention of a second bomber.

Profile: Seher Cagla Demir

The TAK released this photo of Seher Cagla Demir on its website

Turkey's interior ministry says the 24-year-old student, from Kars province in eastern Turkey, was responsible for the suicide car bombing in Ankara.

In a statement (in Turkish) the ministry said she had joined the PKK in 2013 and had received training from the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.

The TAK has released a statement on its website naming Seher Cagla Demir, alias Doga Jiyan, as the suicide bomber behind the 13 March attack.

Pro-secular Turkish newspaper Sozcu reported that Demir was studying at Balikesir University. She was already on trial, along with four others, for membership of the PKK, the paper reports.

The TAK said the attack was in revenge for Turkish military operations in the mainly Kurdish city of Cizre in south-east Turkey.

Turkey responded to Sunday's attack by launching air strikes on Kurdish targets in northern Iraq. It said 11 people had been detained in connection with the blast.

Both the TAK and the PKK are classified as terrorist groups by Turkey and the US.

The TAK has previously said it carried out the suicide bombing on a military convoy in Ankara in February that killed 28 people.



Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:21 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Copyright RGN - Reliable Global News