Turkey says Ankara bomber was trained by YPG

Turkish Interior Ministry announces identity of bomber responsible for Ankara attack, says assailant affiliated with PKK and YPG terror groups

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Riot police secure the site of yesterday's suicide bomb attack in Ankara, Turkey, March 14, 2016.

Updated Mar 16, 2016

Turkey’s Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday in a statement the identity of an assailant responsible for a car bomb attack carried out in Ankara on Sunday which killed 37 people and injured 125 others.

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, the armed wing of the PYD.

The fight against terror will continue with the same determination, the statement said.

"May Allah rest the souls of the victims and we offer condolences to their families and the nation. We wish the wounded people a quick recovery," the statement added.

The terror attack took place at Kizilay District near Guvenpark, which adjoins a major transportation hub of bus and minibus stops and the central metro station.

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.

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

TAK, an affiliate of the PKK terror organisation, had claimed responsibility for the attack.

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