Woman Kurdish rebel among Ankara bombers

A Turkish official said that one of the suicide bombers in Sunday’s attack is believed to be a woman linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party

Ankara: One of the suicide bombers who struck central Ankara during the weekend, killing 36 people, is believed to be a woman linked to Kurdish rebels, a Turkish official said yesterday. “One attacker is believed to be a woman with links to the PKK,” the official said on condition of anonymity, referring to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).


Family members and relatives of a victim mourn in a mosque in Turkey.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest carnage, which reduced cars and buses to charred hulks on a busy road in the heart of the city, wounding more than 120 people. But Ankara believes one of the bombers was a woman who had ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey had “concrete information” on the group behind the attack, saying results from inquiry would be made public soon.

A suicide car bomb ripped through a busy square in central Ankara killing 36 people and wounding 125.
A suicide car bomb ripped through a busy square in central Ankara killing 36 people and wounding 125.  Pics/AFP

Turkey pounds Kurds
Meanwhile, Turkish warplanes pounded Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq yesterday. Hours after the attack, Turkish F-16 and F-4 fighter-bombers hit arms depots and shelters of the outlawed PKK in the mountainous Kandil and Gara regions in northern Iraq, the army said.

Death toll rises to 36

Three more people succumbed to injuries in the Ankara bombings, bringing the overall number of victims to 36, a Turkish minister said yesterday. “As of this morning... we lost three more citizens in hospital,” said Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu.

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