PKK-PYD affiliate claims responsibility for Ankara attack

PKK-PYD affiliated terrorist group TAK claims responsibility for recent Ankara attack

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Flames at the scene of Ankara blast on February 17, 2016.

Updated Feb 20, 2016

A PKK-affiliated terrorist group TAK has claimed responsibility for the Ankara attack that killed 28 people and injured 81 others on Wednesday.

TAK issued a written statement on the Internet saying that it would continue its attacks. The group claimed that the bomber was a 26-year old Turkish national born in the eastern city of Van.

On Feb. 17, a terror attack targeted military vehicles carrying personnel working for the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) in Turkey’s capital Ankara, killing at least 28 people and wounding 81.

Turkish state announced that the PKK and its Syrian affiliate PYD is behind the Ankara attack.

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern regions by the PKK, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, and EU.

Ankara considers the PYD as the Syrian extension of the PKK terrorist organisation. The YPG is the militant wing of PYD.

According to records provided by intelligence agencies, Syrian native Bahoz Erdal a top level terrorists from the PKK had earlier crossed into Syria along with nearly 200 PKK terrorists to join PYD, after they left Qandil, the headquarters of PKK in Iraq.

Syrian native Fehman Huseyin known by the code name "Bahoz Erdal" is a top level of terrorist of the PKK and has served the organisation for 23 years. He is also one of the leaders of the PKK's Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) wing.

TAK most recently claimed responsibility for a mortar attack at Istanbul's second airport on Dec. 23, 2015.

The explosion took place at the airport apron, killing a janitor and wounding another one as they were working inside one of the Pegasus Airline planes, according to a statement released by the Pegasus Airlines.

TAK is also regarded as terrorist organisations by Ankara and the United States.

According to the US Department of State, TAK is affiliated with 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.”