Turkey's Ankara terror attack death toll rises to 29

One of injured victims dies in hospital, raising Ankara terror attack death toll to 29

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Flowers, left near the ground where the car-bomb attack killed civilians and security forces members, are seen at Merasim Street in Ankara, Turkey on February 22, 2016.

Turkey’s Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday that one of the injured victims of Ankara terror attack died after spending days in hospital, raising the death toll to 29.

The explosion in the country’s capital of Ankara killed 29 and wounded 81 others when a suicide bomber attacked a military convoy that was stopped at a traffic light on Feb. 17.

Aydin Dede Hayir, 66, died at Ibni Sina Hospital in Ankara, the ministry said in a statement without releasing any further details of the victim.

Ten victims are still undergoing treatment but none are in intensive care.

Meanwhile, police arrested another three suspects in relation to the Ankara terror attack on Tuesday.

On Sunday, 14 suspects were remanded in custody by a court on charges of assisting a terror organisation and forging official documents, according to a judicial source who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media. Another seven were released.

The identity of suicide bomber was revealed earlier on Tuesday as Abdulbaki Somer following DNA test results that were carried out within the investigation into the deadly bombing.

According to initial reports, the perpetrator of the attack, Somer, entered Turkey with fake Syrian identification showing his name as “Salih Muhammed Neccar” in 2014 which had led to confusion about the bomber’s identity earlier.

A PKK-affiliated terrorist group TAK has claimed responsibility for the Ankara attack, saying that it would continue its attacks.

Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu said that TAK had claimed the attack as a "proxy" to shield the YPG while commenting on TAK’s claim of responsibility for the attack.

“TAK is not any separate terrorist organisation, it is a branch of PKK as well as YPG. The fact that TAK claimed responsibility for the attack doesn’t eliminate the YPG’s relation to that,” he emphasised.

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.

TRTWorld, AA