Erdogan says all terror acts in Ankara or Brussels are same

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemns recent Brussels attacks indicating that there is no difference among terrorist organisations whose violent methods have been identical

Photo by: Reuters
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Belgian police and emergency personnel secure the Rue de la Loi following an explosion in Maalbeek metro station in Brussels, Belgium, on March 22, 2016.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly condemned the attacks in Brussels that killed at least 31 people on Tuesday and said there was no difference between terror organisations, whether they were PKK terrorists targeting Ankara or the attackers in the Belgian capital.

"The heinous attacks in Brussels have reiterated that terror cannot be a method of struggle for freedom, and once again underlined the need for common struggle against all types of terror," Erdogan said in a written statement.

“A short time after the PKK attack in Ankara and DAESH attack in Istanbul which have claimed the lives of dozens of people, terrorists have now targeted Brussels demonstrating that they do not recognise any human or ethical values and limits,” Erdogan pointed out.

“Terrorists have clearly showed one more time that they have no difference among themselves in terms of the heinous methods they have used,” the Turkish president underlined.

At least 31 people were killed in twin attacks on Brussels airport and a rush-hour metro train, triggering security alerts across western Europe and bringing some cross-border transport to a halt.

Turkey has already been targeted with several terror attacks by DAESH and PKK terrorist groups. 

The latest DAESH attack in Turkey took place on Saturday when a DAESH-linked terrorist carried out a suicide attack in Istanbul’s Beyoglu District, killing at least five people and wounding 39 others.

In January, DAESH carried out a suicide bombing in central Istanbul which killed 11 tourists and two people also died when a school in southern Kilis Province was hit by a rocket fired by the DAESH terrorist group from Syria across the border, according to Turkish authorities.

In October 2015, 103 people were killed in a double DAESH suicide bombing attack in Ankara while a suicide bomb attack carried out by DAESH in Suruc District of Sanliurfa Province claimed 34 lives on July 20.

Recent PKK terror attacks have additionally killed more than 300 security officials in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two and half year-long ceasefire on July 11 and threatened the country with further attacks.

Most recently, the TAK, which is affiliated with the PKK terrorist group, claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed at least 37 people in Ankara in a statement released on its website on Thursday.

On March 13, a suicide car bomb was detonated in the Kizilay District near Guvenpark in Ankara, which adjoins a major transportation hub of bus and minibus stops and the city's central metro station.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern and eastern regions by the PKK which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU, the US, and NATO.

TRTWorld and agencies