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Evidence suggests female PKK militant bombed Ankara - official


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Evidence suggests female PKK militant bombed Ankara - official

Turkish officials say evidence shows one of the bombers involved in Sunday’s Ankara car blast was a female member of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Ankara said Turkish warplanes destroyed PKK targets in northern Iraq on Monday morning (14 March).

Turkey has declared a round-the-clock curfew in the Kurdish town of Sirnak following the attack, to carry out operations against Kurdish militants in the area, according to an official statement.

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Many Turks feel worried

Meanwhile Turks are coming to terms with the third Ankara attack in the last five months. The blast tore through a crowded transport hub sending burning debris over an area close to the justice and interior ministries.

“There is no guarantee [of safety]. There is no security,” said Erdem Doganay. “Those people do whatever they want. If they can blow up a bomb in Kizilay’s heart, how can you not be worried?”

Analysts suggest Kurdish militants have an incentive to stage such an attack.

The Turkish army has been besieging mainly Kurdish towns for months in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey, while Kurdish militants have been attacking Turkish security forces.

Ankara said Turkish warplanes destroyed PKK targets in northern Iraq on Monday morning (March 14).

Turkey has declared a round-the-clock curfew in the Kurdish town of Sirnak following Sunday’s attack. An official statement says it is to carry out operations against Kurdish militants in the area.

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