ANKARA, Türkiye — The illegal Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) claimed ownership for the suicide bombing in Turkish Ankara capital injuring two police officers. However, their injuries is not life threatening.
The Minister, Ali Yerlikaya, while confirming the incident, said that two attackers were responsible for the suicide attack. The Turkish Authorities confirmed that both the attackers are dead. One detonated himself, while the other one was killed by the repulsing government officers.
Interior Minister commended the police for averting further explosions. He credited the police for stopping the second attacker from detonating extra explosives in the city. The minister Yerlikaya, visited the injured officers in a city based hospital.
“A sacrificial action was carried out against the Turkish Interior Ministry by a team from our Immortal Brigade,” said the PKK.
“Sunday’s incident was the capital’s first terrorist attack in years,” said Turkish authorities.
In his address in the inauguration of the new parliamentary sittings moments later, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the morning suicide bombing “the latest attempt” to foster fear among the Turks.
“Those who threaten the peace and security of citizens have not achieved their goals and never will,” said president Erdogan.
“Two terrorists came with a light commercial vehicle in front of the entrance gate of the General Directorate of Security of our Ministry of Internal Affairs and carried out a bomb attack,” said Mr Ali Yerlikaya, the Interior Minister.
“Our struggle will continue until the last terrorist is neutralized,” he said, echoing condemnation by other Turkish officials.
The attack comes barely a year since six persons were killed while eighty one others injured in an explosion in central Istanbul. The incident, which took place in a busy pedestrian street left scores of destruction. The Turkish government blamed Kurdish militia and its Western allies for the attack.
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s Secretary-General, has strongly condemned the bombing in Ankara.
“NATO stands in solidarity with Turkey in the fight against terrorism,” said Stoltenberg. He further wished wounded police officers a fast as well as full recovery.
“We strongly condemn the terrorist attack this morning against Türkiye, our NATO Ally. We offer our condolences to those injured and wish them a speedy recovery. We stand in solidarity with Türkiye against terrorism,” noted The US Embassy in Turkey.
Edited by Judy J. Rotich and Newsdesk Manager