Turkey to take extra security measures after Ankara bombing

Turkey will take additional security measures across country after deadly bomb attack killed 28 people earlier this week in capital, Turkish Prime Minister says

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses the media in Ankara, Turkey, February 20, 2016.

Updated Feb 22, 2016

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu announced on Saturday that Turkey would tighten security across the country following a bomb attack in Turkish capital that left 28 people dead and 81 others injured on Wednesday.

"Aside from security measures across Turkey, a new and special security mechanism and an action plan that accounts for Ankara's unique properties will be prepared," Davutoglu stated in a briefing to reporters broadcast live on television after a five-hour security meeting with members of his cabinet and other officials.

The prime minister stressed his government would accept no excuses in the practice of the security plan, pledging to fufill any equipment and personnel necessaries of the law enforcement apparatus.

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 others.

The Turkish government afterwards announced that the PKK and its Syrian affiliate the PYD was behind the Ankara attack.

Turkey calls on US to give unconditional support against YPG

During his briefing to reporters, Davutoglu urged the US to give unconditional support in the fight against the YPG.

"The only thing we expect from our ally the US is to support Turkey with no ifs or buts,” he said.

Davutoglu also urged Washington to view any attack on Turkey as an attack on the United States.

"If 28 Turkish lives have been claimed through a terrorist attack we can only expect them to say any threat against Turkey is a threat against them."

Ankara considers the PYD to be the Syrian extension of the PKK terrorist organisation, although the US considers the group to be a useful ally against the DAESH terrorist group.

On Friday the PKK-affiliated TAK claimed responsibility for the Ankara attack.

The Turkish prime minister said that the TAK had claimed responsibility for the attack as a "proxy" to cover for the Syrian YPG.

TRTWorld and agencies