Turkey PM says YPG, PKK behind Ankara attack

Reports suggest that Ankara attacker is a Syrian national member of PYD and linked to PKK

Turkey PM says YPG, PKK behind Ankara attack

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday the Ankara attack was carried out by YPG suicide bomber from Syria in collaboration with PKK

"It has been revealed that this attack was carried out by members of the terrorist organisation in cooperation with a YPG member who infiltrated (Turkey) from Syria," Davutoglu told reporters in Ankara, confirming the bomber was a Syrian national named Salih Necar and saying nine people had been detained over the attack.

Davutoglu was referring to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey both considers to be terror groups.

Davutoglu also confirmed that the attacker, Saleh Najar, was a Syrian national. Also nine attack-linked suspects have been detained.

Earlier reports said that Turkish authorities suspect that a deadly car bombing in the heart of Ankara targeting military service vehicles was carried out by a Syrian national who entered Turkey with refugees and had links to Kurdish fighters.

The attack Wednesday night killed 28 people and left 61 wounded in the latest in a string of deadly strikes in Turkey in recent months.

Police have identified the bomber as a Syrian named Saleh Nejar from fingerprints taken from refugees who crossed the border to escape the five-year war in Syria, the Yeni Safak and Sozcu dailies said.

The reports said he was killed in the explosion, without specifying if he had acted as a suicide bomber.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Wednesday it was not clear who had carried out the attack but promised the culprits would be found quickly.

The attack struck the heart of power in the Turkish capital, hitting an area where the headquarters of the army, the parliament and prime minister's offices are in close proximity.

Yeni Safak said the attack bore the hallmarks of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has in recent months stepped up a 30-year insurgency against the Turkish state after a ceasefire collapsed.

But it said that Necar was himself a member of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Turkey accuses of being a terror group that is the Syrian branch of the PKK, a link disputed by Washington.

Sozcu also carried the same claim, which has yet to be officially confirmed.

Turkey has for five consecutive days shelled targets of the PYD inside Syria, saying the military was responding to incoming fire.

The PKK has in the last months killed dozens of soldiers, often in roadside bombing attacks against military vehicles.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Şubat 2016, 11:15