PKK offshoot TAK claims responsibility for Diyarbakır bombing

People gather near the explosion site on November 4, 2016 after a strong blast in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir. Eight people were killed, including two police, and over 100 wounded in a car bombing by Kurdish militants in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on November 4, 2016, updating an earlier toll. The blast, which Yildirim said was carried out by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), targeted a police headquarters hours after top Kurdish politicians were detained in an unprecedented police crackdown.

The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), an offshoot of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), has claimed responsibility for a deadly car bomb attack in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır that claimed the lives of 11 people on Friday.

There has been confusion since Friday over the terrorist group behind the attack. The Diyarbakır Governor’s Office announced on Friday that the PKK claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Reuters reported late on Friday that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) was the perpetrator of the Diyarbakır attack, according to an announcement from the group’s Amaq news agency.

A second official statement from the Diyarbakır Governor’s Office on Saturday said it was the PKK that perpetrated the attack, based on intercepted radio communication of the PKK terrorists.

On Sunday, an announcement was made by TAK that was posted by the Kurdish ANF news agency in which it claimed responsibility for the Diyarbakır attack, perpetrated in the aftermath of an operation launched against the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in the early hours of Friday, which led to the detentions of more than 10 HDP deputies including the party’s co-chairs.

TAK said it carried out the attack in protest of the “merciless” pressure and attacks on democratic, leftist and socialist circles in Turkey.

A car bomb went off at about 8 a.m. local time near a police station in Diyarbakır’s Bağlar district on Friday, killing 11 people and injuring scores of people. Two of the victims were police officers.




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