Erdogan calls Ankara bombing 'collective terror attack'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defines Ankara blasts as 'result of collective terror attack'

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech in an anniversary meeting of a trade union confederacy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Ankara twin bombings are result of a collective terror attack.

He said that he believed ISIS, PKK, PYD and the Muhaberat, the Syrian secret intelligence service, had all played a role in twin suicide bombings in Ankara.

Twin blasts in Ankara targeted a march organised by leftist labor unions in the attack, killing 102 people and injuring 500 others on Oct.10.

Turkish authorities on Monday identified one of the two suicide bombers as Yunus Emre Alagoz, who is believed to have been a member of a home-grown ISIS cell in the southeastern province of Adiyaman.

Similar to Erdogan's statement, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu earlier claimed that ISIS, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and Syrian regime reached an agreement in Hasaka on May 28.

“ISIS and the PYD settled with the regime to share the regions bordering Turkey,” said Davutoglu.

He said “Similarly, the attack may be a result of a deal between ISIS and PKK.”

Both PKK and ISIS are already recognised as terrorist organisations by Turkey.

Turkey also considers the PYD to be the Syrian wing of the PKK, and therefore a terrorist organisation.

PKK in particular has increased its attacks on both police and the Turkish Armed Forces after its umbrella organisation, KCK, unilaterally ended an over two year long cease fire with the Turkish government on July 11 and threatened the country with attacks.

According to Turkish authorities, 148 Turkish security officials and over 30 civilians have been killed in terror attacks by the outlawed PKK.

In the meantime, Turkish security forces have conducted numerous operations in several Turkish provinces against PKK and ISIS militant groups, detaining many suspects.

TRTWorld and agencies