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Timeline of terrorism in Turkey

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Timeline of terrorism in Turkey


Turkey is involved in regional and national conflicts.

It has been the target of numerous attacks by different groups in the recent past.

Here are some of the most significant:

June 28, 2016 Three suspected attackers open fire on people in the departures hall of Ataturk International Airport before blowing themselves up in the arrivals hall. At least 36 people are killed and 150 wounded. Turkish authorities blame ISIL for the attack.

June 7, 2016 11 people killed and 36 wounded in a suspected car bomb attack in Istanbul. A car packed with explosives was detonated by remote control as a Turkish police bus passed by in the central district of Vezneciler.

March 13, 2016 A car bomb causes carnage in the centre of the Turkish capital Ankara. The authorities now say at least 37 people died and some 75 injured. The blast happened just before 6.45 p.m. local time at Kizilay Square near the central Guven Park.

February 18, 2016 – Six members of the Turkish Security Forces are killed and a soldier seriously wounded when an explosion rocks a military convoy near Diyarbakir, in the predominantly Kurdish south east.

February 17, 2016 – A vehicle full of explosives is detonated as military buses pass by in Ankara. At least 28 are killed, 27 of whom are soldiers.

October 10, 2015 – Two suicide bombers detonate their vests during a rally of pro-Kurdish and left-wing activists in Ankara. At least 102 are killed and 248 injured in the deadliest attack of its kind in modern Turkish history.

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July, 20, 2015 – 33 people are killed and 104 injured when a bomb exploded in Suruç during a meeting of left-wing activists. The organisations were announcing their trip to go and help rebuild the Syrian border town of Kobani, besieged by Islamic State fighters. ISIL later claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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January 6, 2015 – A pregnant female suicide bomber blows herself up in the tourist area of Sultanahmet near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. She was later identified as Diana Ramazova, a Chechen-Russian citizen from Dagestan. Her bomb killed one police officer and injured another.

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May 11, 2013 – Two car bombs explode in the city of Reyhanlı, 5 km fron the Syrian border, killing at least 51 and injuring 140. No one claims responsibility for the attacks and suspects range from the Syrian government and jihadi groups to a Turkish Marxist group.

February 11, 2013 – A Syrian-registered minivan explodes on the Turkish side of the Bal al-Hawa border crossing. The car bomb kills 13 and wounds 28. The Turkish government labels the event “a terrorist act”.

August, 20 2012 – Bombs explode in Gaziantiep during the celebration for the end of the month of Ramadan. Ten people are killed, more 64 wounded. There were no claims of responsibility.

September 20, 2011 – A car bomb explodes in a street in the capital, Ankara, near a neighbourhood housing government buildings, killing four people and wounding 15. The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks claim responsibility

October 31, 2010 – A suicide bomb blast on Taksim Square in Istanbul injures 32 people, including 15 police officers.

July 27, 2008 – At least 17 people are killed and over 150 wounded in two explosions in the Gungoren shopping district of Istanbul, which the city’s governor describes as “terror attacks”.

July 9, 2008 – Three police officers and three gunmen are killed in an attack on the entrance of the US consulate in Istanbul. The US ambassador to Turkey condemns it as “an obvious act of terrorism” aimed at his country.

September 12, 2006 – A bomb blast kills 10 people, eight of them children, near a park in Diyarbakir, the largest city of Turkey’s restive, mainly Kurdish southeast region.

June 25, 2006 – A blast tears through a tourist area about 100 km east of the southern resort of Antalya, killing four and injuring 28. The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), a group liked to the PKK, claims responsibility.

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