A Kurdish militant group has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s (March 13) Ankara car bombing. The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) say the attack
A Kurdish militant group has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s (March 13) Ankara car bombing.
The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) say the attack targeted Ankara, “the heart of fascist Turkey” where the wildest slaughter decisions are taken by those in control.
Thirty-seven people were killed in Sunday’s attack. The blast tore through a crowded transport hub sending burning debris over an area close to the justice and interior ministries.
The TAK was once connected with the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
The TAK said it was also to blame for the February car bombing in Ankara that killed 29 people.
The group described Sunday’s car bombing as revenge for security operations in the mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey that have been underway since July.
Analysts from Stratfor say that “given the military’s offensives against the PKK in Turkey and northern Iraq and against the YPG in northern Syria, Kurdish militants have an incentive to stage such attacks.”
The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks have threatened further assaults.