PKK-affiliated terrorist group TAK has claimed responsibility for Turkey’s recent Sabiha Gokcen airport explosion in Istanbul according to Turkish media accounts.
TAK claimed that the explosion was caused by a mortar attack in a statement published by the ANF which is a PKK-connected media outlet.
The explosion took place at 2:05 am on Dec. 23 at the airport apron, killing a janitor and wounding another who were working inside one of the Pegasus airplanes, according to a statement released by the Pegasus Airlines.
Expert teams have indicated that three planes, which were located in different areas of the airport apron, have been damaged following the incident, according to Turkish media reports.
TAK is affiliated with the PKK terrorist group and “is responsible for multiple terrorist attacks in Turkey, which targeted tourist locations, military sites, and government buildings, resulting in several deaths,” according to the US Department of State.
PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, EU, and NATO.
In addition, the State Department disclosed that “United States designated the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist“ group.
The TAK statement has also threatened Turkey with further attacks and warned tourists not to come to the country.
British ambassador to Turkey, Richard Moore shared a message on his official twitter account saying that the explosion was the result of a mortar attack, and that this whole incident is worrying.
However, he later changed his message deleting “the mortar attack” part of his statement.
Turkish security officials have made no comment on the cause of the incident and the claims of media reports yet.
Sabiha Gokcen Airport is located on the Asian side of Istanbul.