Outlawed PKK terrorists on Friday attacked a mosque and a social complex building belonging to the mosque in the Kornwestheim town of Germany’s Baden-Württemberg State. Mosque belongs to the European branch of the Turkish-Islamic Union.
The militants broke the windows of the social complex building belonging to the mosque and left graffiti on the walls which read "PKK and YDG-H."
According to eyewitnesses, there were three attackers, including one woman.
PKK is an armed militant group that has been carrying out terror attacks mostly in the southeastern Turkey, since the early 1980s.
The group is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, NATO, the US, and EU.
Speaking after the incident, the president of the European branch of the Turkish-Islamic Union, Ihsan Oner, said that such activities are conditioned by the positive attitude of German politicians and public towards the PKK.
Oner said “Having no loss of lives is our only consolation after this outrageous attack damaging buildings which belongs to the mosque. We call our people to maintain their serenity and not to be provoked by this heinous attack. We hope the perpetrators of this attack which targets peace will be brought to justice as soon as possible. We condemn all kinds of terrorism.”
On April 2015, Cemil Bayik, a leading PKK figure, had apologized to the German people for PKK attacks carried out during the 1990s in Germany.
“On behalf of the PKK, I would like to apologize to the German people,” Bayik said, referring to the attacks in Germany during the 1990s, which included violent protests, kidnappings and attempts to block highways.
“These will never happen again,” he assured.
Germany, which is home to around 700,000 Kurdish immigrants, outlawed the PKK in 1993, following violent protests and highway blockades that injured scores of German police officers.
The PKK has also claimed more than 40,000 lives during 30 years of armed conflict with the Turkish government.
In early 2013, Turkey launched the ‘Peace Process’ to end years of armed conflict with the PKK and build reforms regarding the constitution. However, PKK decided to end the ceasefire on July 11, 2015 using the dams being constructed in Southeastern Turkey as an excuse.