Kurdish group TAK claims responsibility for deadly car-bombing in Istanbul attack

A Kurdish militant group has said it carried out a car bomb attack in central Istanbul on Tuesday that killed seven police officers and four civilians.

The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) said the attack was in revenge for Turkish army operations in the Kurdish-dominated south-east.

It has warned foreign tourists that Turkey is no longer safe to visit.

The TAK is regarded as a splinter group of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

“The action was carried out to counter all the savage attacks of the Turkish republic in Nusaybin and Sirnak and other places,” a TAK statement said, referring to the areas in the south-east where the military has been confronting Kurdish rebels.

“We again warn foreign tourists who are in Turkey and who want to come to Turkey: Foreigners are not our target but Turkey is no longer a safe country for them. We have just started the war.”

Turkish special force police officers secure area around the site of a bomb attack that targeted a police bus in Istanbul

It described Tuesday’s attack as a “sacrifice action”, terminology which correspondents say implies it was a suicide bombing.

The TAK has also claimed responsibility for two attacks that killed dozens in the capital Ankara in February and March.

It also claimed responsibility for an attack in April in Turkey’s former Ottoman capital of Bursa, when a suspected female suicide bomber injured 13 people.

The TAK statement also strongly denounced President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, accusing it of waging a “wild war” against Kurds.


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By Sydney Chesterfield on June 10, 2016 · Posted in Reports, Trends

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