Turkish dailies cover PM's televised comments on the Ankara twin bombings, which killed at least 99 people


World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish dailies on Thursday reported on the possible attackers of the Ankara twin bombings which have claimed at least 99 lives.

"There is evidence suggesting that suicide bombers have links to ISIL and PKK," STAR quoted Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as saying. The Turkish premier was speaking during a live interview on the private Show TV channel late Wednesday.

"ISIL, PKK and the [Syrian] regime sat around a table on May 28 in Hasakah [in northeastern Syria] and reached an agreement to attack the opposition," Davutoglu said, adding: "That alliance has also acted against Turkey."

"Evil alliance of ISIL and PKK," was SABAH’s headline, citing Davutoglu saying: "Turkey has been facing systematic attacks from ISIL, the PKK, and DHKP-C since July 20."

He said ISIL and the PKK seem to have played active roles in the Ankara attack, the paper wrote.

Early Saturday morning saw twin suicide bombings rock Ankara’s main train station, killing dozens of people who had gathered for a peace rally; hundreds more were injured.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the Ankara bombings.

AKSAM points to the arrests of two people suspected of tweeting "Bomb will explode in Ankara" nine hours before the explosions. The owners of the Twitter accounts have been identified as PKK members, the paper alleges.

Erhan O. and Mehmet S.P. were detained on Wednesday and are suspected of being behind a Twitter account named DrBereday, which also tweeted messages such as: “What if ISIL blows up?!”

"As the investigation into the incident gets deeper, especially after closely watching Twitter accounts and IP addresses, we see that both ISIL and the PKK are most probably behind this attack," HURRIYET quoted Davutoglu as saying.

The deadly Ankara bomb attack came in a period when the country has already been fighting against terror attacks all across Turkey, which have so far left hundreds dead.

"While Turkey makes a sincere struggle against all terrorist organizations, those who held the state, government and even me responsible for such incidents should know that they are supporting terrorist organizations," VATAN quoted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying.

"There is no good terror and bad terror... We will find out who are behind these terror acts," the paper wrote.

For Turkey, there is no difference between ISIL, DHKP-C, PKK, PYD, and YPG, MILLIYET reported Erdogan as saying. "All of them are terror organizations targeting our existence and future," he added.

Ankara summoned the U.S. and Russian ambassadors separately on Wednesday and warned them about the country's sensitivities regarding the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), HABERTURK covered.

According to the paper, Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu met U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass and Turkish diplomats met Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov.

The paper recalled Davutoglu's previous remarks that "the organic bond between the PKK and the PYD is well-known".

"Turkey will not accept any cooperation with terror groups fighting against Turkey. We have shared this with the U.S. and Russia," Davutoglu had said.

In other news, CUMHURIYET reported on a third nuclear power plant which is planned to be established in Kirklareli province in northwestern Turkey on the west coast of the Black Sea.

A memorandum of understanding for the construction of nuclear power units has been signed between Turkey and a partnership with China and Westinghouse Company, Turkish Energy Minister Ali Riza Alaboyun said on Wednesday.

"It will be a nature murder," the paper says, and claims that it is not permitted to establish such a nuclear power plant there according to the Turkish Council of State.

The area is known to have the largest floodplain forests in Europe, the paper says.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Ekim 2015, 10:27