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Ankara Blast: Turkey Retaliates With Airstrikes

Six people were reportedly killed in an attack on a Turkish military convoy

12:46, UK, Thursday 18 February 2016

Turkey says a Syrian registered as a refugee carried out the attack in the capital, as a military convoy is hit killing six.

Turkish warplanes have bombed Kurdish militant camps in northern Iraq - as an explosion hit a second military convoy in southeast Turkey.

Six people were said to have been killed in Thursday's attack near Diyarbakir - a day after a car bomb was detonated near a military headquarters in the Turkish capital Ankara, killing 28 people and injuring dozens of others.

Turkey blamed both attacks on Kurdish militants.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the suicide bombing was carried out by a Syrian national, in conjunction with Turkey's Kurdish rebels.

The Syrian, identified as Salih Neccar, had registered as a refugee in the country in July 2014

He also said 60 to 70 militants had been killed in the overnight air raids targeting rebel positions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

Some 14 people have been arrested in connection with Wednesday's deadly attack.

"The attack was carried out by the PKK together with a person who sneaked into Turkey from Syria," said Mr Davutoglu.

In an apparent appeal to the United States, Mr Davutoglu called on allies to withdraw their support for Kurdish militias fighting in Syria.

Turkey regards the Syrian Democratic Union Party (YPD), and its military wing, the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) as terrorists because of their affiliation to Turkey's outlawed Kurdish rebel group.

However, the YPG, which has strong links to the PKK, has been fighting the Islamic State terror group, alongside the US.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the Ankara bombing which targeted several buses carrying military personnel.

The rush-hour blast was 300m in front of the Chief of Staff's Building, the base for the heads of Turkey's Army, Air Force and Navy and close to the seat of parliament.

Salih Muslim, leader of the YPD, denied his group were behind the Ankara attack.



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