Germany sees wave of PKK violence

Data from Turkish consulates suggest dozens of unsolved attacks on people, property by PKK sympathizers

Germany sees wave of PKK violence

World Bulletin / News Desk

Backers of the PKK -- a designated terrorist group in the EU and United States -- carried out more than 40 violent attacks last year against Turkish citizens in Germany but only five offenders were detained.

According to records kept by Turkish consulates and shown to Anadolu Agency, at least 19 Turkish citizens were injured, three of them seriously, when they were assaulted by followers of the PKK during rallies in the cities of Cologne, Nuremberg and Stuttgart in 2016.

PKK sympathizers also carried out attacks on eight mosques, 10 offices belonging to Turkish associations, a local newspaper and several shops, often using Molotov cocktails, explosives or other flammable materials, the Turkish missions said.

From among the 42 attacks recorded by Turkish officials, in only two incidents were offenders taken into custody.

In eight attacks targeting mosques across several cities -- including Kassel, Heilbronn and Emmerich am Rhein -- German police did not make any arrests.

More than 20 attacks targeting Turkish associations, cultural centers and businesses also remain unsolved to date, although PKK followers claimed responsibility for many of these incidents through social media accounts.

PKK followers also used Molotov cocktails to target the local offices of the Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD), one of the largest Turkish migrant organizations in the country.



Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Mart 2017, 14:31