Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the deadly attack on Syria’s Kobane, dismissing allegations that the Turkish government had a role in the attack.
“We strongly condemn this attack that targeted innocent civilians,” Erdogan said during a speech on Thursday.
ISIS militants attacked early on Thursday Syrian border town of Kobane, killing at least 35 people. ISIS militants carried out the attack with two bomb-laden vehicles while disguised as Kurdish fighters, a later footage revealed.
Addressing the criticism from Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) which blamed the Turkish government on the latest ISIS attack in Kobane, Erdogan said the HDP “has been campaigning against” Turkey.
“They [HDP] are trying to provoke our nation with these completely baseless claims as if they did not draw a lesson from the October 6-7-8 incidents,” Erdogan said.
“Nobody can dare to show Turkey on the same line with terrorism,” Erdogan added.
Erdogan also described efforts to portray Turkey as supporter of terrorism as “black propaganda.”
Following the explosion, the HDP co-chair Figen Yuksekdag had accused the Turkish government of supporting ISIS militants and claimed that the ISIS militants that carried out the bombing passed through Turkey’s borders.
Security camera footage from Turkey’s Mursitpinar border gates - showing the moment of the car involved in the bombing of the Syrian border town of Kobane - shows that the ISIS militants who blew up the cars did not arrive from Turkey’s borders.
Reuters had claimed the cars that exploded had entered from Turkey, attributing the information to “Syrian sources.” It withdrew the allegation later on.
The military wing of the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD), People’s Protection Units (YPG) spokesman Redur Halil said on Thursday the ISIS militants did not enter Kobane from Turkish border gate in north, rather the militants carrying out car bombings entered the city through its south and the west of the country.
Kurdish forces regained control over Kobane with the help of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition near the end of January after a siege that lasted for four months against ISIS.
ISIS’ loss of Kobane was seen as a significant defeat considering the amount of extensive military resources they invested to capture the isolated town on the border with Turkey.