Turkey sends 21 suspects to court over Ankara bombing

Turkish court hears testimonies of 21 suspects previously been detained by security forces on grounds that they are allegedly linked with Wednesday’s bloody Ankara bombing

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (3rd R) visits the site of Wednesday's suicide bomb attack in Ankara along with ministers and high-ranking officials on Feb. 19, 2016.

Twenty suspects appeared in court in Turkey's Ankara on Sunday February 21 after being detained in connection with a recent suicide car bomb attack in the capital, court officials have announced.

Late on Wednesday a car laden with explosives detonated in Ankara next to military buses near the armed forces' headquarters, parliament and other government buildings, killing 28 people and wounding scores of others.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that so far a total of 22 people had been detained in connection with the attack and security measures across the country would be heightened.

A PKK-affiliated terrorist group known as TAK claimed responsibility on Friday for the Ankara attack in a written statement on the Internet saying that it would carry out further attacks.

Turkish leaders announced that the PKK and PYD, which is considered by Turkey to be the Syrian arm of the PKK, were behind the deadly Ankara attack.

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

Davutoglu commented on TAK’s claim of responsibility for the recent bombing, affirming that the group is an extension of the PKK and that the “YPG is also an extension of the PKK. [Therefore] Even though TAK claims responsibility [for the attack], this will not take away the YPG connection.”

YPG is the militant wing of the PYD which operates in northern Syria and is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Ankara due to its connections with the PKK.

However, Washington does not consider the YPG to be a terrorist organisation and is backing the group in the fight against DAESH in Syria.

This has led to growing tension between Ankara and Washington over policy in northern Syria and Davutoglu on Saturday called on the United States to give Turkey its unconditional support in the fight against the YPG.

TRTWorld, Reuters