PKK-affiliated TAK claims responsibility for Ankara bombing

TAK, which is affiliated with PKK terrorist group, claims responsibility for Ankara bombing that caused deaths of at least 37 people

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People walk past the scene of the recent terrorist attack in Ankara's central Kizilay neighbourhood in Turkey after it was covered with white awnings on March 14, 2016.

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

TAK has been responsible for multiple terrorist attacks in Turkey, which have targeted tourist locations, military sites and government buildings, resulting in deaths and injuries.

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.

The attack claimed at least 37 lives and injured over 125 other people.

A man gestures over the coffin of a victim of the car bombing during a commemoration ceremony in a mosque in Ankara, Turkey, March 14, 2016.

Turkey’s Interior Ministry announced in a statement on Tuesday the identity of the assailant responsible for the attack.

A 24-year-old female member of the PKK terrorist organisation, Seher Cagla Demir, carried out the attack, the statement said.

The report outlined that Demir had crossed the border into Syria in 2013 for training by the PKK's Syrian branch, the YPG, which is the armed wing of the PYD.

TAK issued a written statement concerning the internet, saying it was a response to Turkey’s operations against the PKK which is designated as a terror organisation by Turkey, the US and NATO.

The attack is not the first one carried out by TAK.

On Feb. 17, a suicide attacker set off a car bomb near the Turkish General Staff and parliament buildings in Ankara, killing 29 people and wounding 81 others.

TAK claimed responsibility for the attack several days later.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern and eastern regions by the PKK.

The PKK resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in late July 2015 after unilaterally ending a two-and-a-half-year-long ceasefire with the government and threatening Turkey with further attacks.

Since then, Turkish Security Forces have killed more than 1,500 PKK terrorists in security operations, while more than 300 people including security officers and civilians have died as a consequence of PKK terror attacks in Turkey.

TRTWorld and agencies