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Turkey bombs PKK in Iraq

Turkey bombs PKK in Iraq


Turkey has bombed at dawn on Monday camps of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the north of Iraq in retaliation for a new car bomb attack, the second in less than a month in Ankara, which left at least 36 dead.


Hours after the attack in the heart of the Turkish capital, a dozen fighter-bombers pounded Kurdish rebel bases in the mountains of the far north of Iraq, in the areas of Kandil and Gara, announced the state -Major.

The attack Sunday night was not claimed but the Turkish authorities have pointed to the track Kurdish rebels.

"We believe that one of the managers is a woman with ties to the PKK," said on condition of anonymity told AFP a Turkish official. According to the Turkish press, the woman was identified by his fingerprints as Seher Cagla Demir.

If its target civilians, marks a sharp escalation, Sunday night's attack recalls the procedure that perpetrated there a little over three weeks in the same area of ​​Ankara. On 17 February, a suicide car bomb had destroyed bus carrying military personnel, killing 29 people.

A splinter group of radical PKK, the Freedom Falcons of Kurdistan (TAK), claimed responsibility for the operation and announced new attacks, particularly against the country's interest.

Sunday evening, a car bomb came to explode against a municipal bus in the busy district of Kizilay, home to many shops and major transportation node of the Turkish capital.

According to revised figures announced by the Health Minister Mehmet Müezzinoglu at least 36 people were killed and 71 were still hospitalized Monday morning.

On Monday, the Kizilay square was completely closed to traffic, found an AFP journalist. the forensic experts continued to collect clues at the site of the blast, protected from view by white sheets.

In their first reactions Sunday evening, the Turkish Islamic-conservative leaders did not immediately blamed Kurdish rebels. "We have concrete information on the terrorist group behind the attack", told Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, without further detail.

The leaders were quick to attribute the attack of 17 February to the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), with the support of the PKK.

Both movements had categorically rejected the accusations.

Until the truce established on February 27 on the Syrian front, Ankara bombed repeatedly held positions in Syria by YPG, which it considers affiliated with the PKK leading the rebellion on its soil since 1984.

The United States "strongly condemned" the attack Sunday and "reaffirmed their strong partnership with Turkey (...) in the fight against the common threat of terrorism," according to the spokesman of the State Department, John Kirby.

The US Embassy in Turkey had warned its citizens on Friday a "possible terrorist attack" in Ankara to "buildings of the Turkish government."

Since last summer, heavy fighting resumed between security forces and the PKK in many cities of the southeast of the country, populated mainly by Kurds. They made many deaths in both camps and killed dozens of civilians.

The clashes shattered the peace talks with the Turkish government with the PKK in autumn 2012.

"The + + uprising launched by the PKK has not worked. Even the Kurdish population has distanced itself from its operations in the southeastern Anatolian cities, "said AFP Can Acun, the Turkish Foundation for Political Research, economic and social (Seta). "Frustrated, the PKK seems to have chosen resounding acts".

Turkey has also been hit four times since June by a series of deadly attacks attributed by the authorities in the Islamic State group (EI).

The deadliest of them, on 10 October, was carried out by two suicide bombers who blew themselves up in the middle of demonstrators in the Kurdish cause in front of the central train station of Ankara, causing 103 deaths.

Four months after parliamentary party that Erdogan won by presenting himself as a bulwark against "chaos" This succession of attacks heightens anger.

"It's been over a week that people talk about the risk of a new bombing and the State does not take any precaution and warning person," said AFP Nihat Görgülü, the uncle of one of the victims, before a ankariote hospital. "We are very afraid (...) the state mocks the citizens," he added.

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