Posted on October 8, 2016 by Editorial Staff in PKK
Kurdish TAK claimed responsibility for bomb attack near Turkish police station in Istanbul, Oct. 6, 2016. Photo: Twitter/ dodanizm
ISTANBUL,— An armed Kurdish group claimed responsibility on Friday for a motorbike bombing near a Turkish police station in Istanbul.
The claim by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) for Thursday’s bombing came after Turkish policedetained a suspected female militant from the PKK, who is believed to have perpetrated the bombing.
At least 10 people were wounded when a bomb which authorities said was attached to a motorbike exploded in the Yenibosna district of Istanbul, close to the city’s main international airport.
Television pictures showed several cars wrecked and glass scattered across the ground after the blast.
In a statement on its website, TAK — seen as a splinter group of the PKK — claimed the bombing but did not give any information about the individual responsible.
“Our action was done against … the oppression and persecution of the Kurdistan people,” it said, referring to the predominantly Kurdish southeast of Turkey.
The group warned that Turkey was “not a safe country” and threatened expansion of its actions in big cities against the “fascist” Turkish government.
“We make it known that we are able to act everywhere in Turkey,” the group said, adding that its militants were ready to act “creatively” across the country.
The group has already claimed three attacks in Turkey this year including a June 7 car bombing on Turkish security in the centre of Istanbul which left 11 people dead. TAK had then warned tourists to stay away from Turkey.
A suicide car bomb attack in March in the capital Ankara left 34 army personnel dead.
On Feb. 17 the TAK claimed responsibility for the previous car bombing on Turkish military bus, in Ankara that killed 29 army personnel.
Police have captured the female suspect, along with two other people in Aksaray province in central Turkey, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday.
The latest capture brings the total number of arrests over the bombing up to six.
Although Turkish officials say TAK is linked to the PKK, the PKK says it has no control over the group and claims it acts on its own.
TAK says it has split from the PKK, although experts who study Kurdish militants say the two organizations are affiliated. The PKK denies a link to the Falcons.
Some observers say there is strong evidence that TAK is a splinter group led by commanders who have split from the PKK because of dissatisfaction with its tactics, along the lines of the Real IRA and the IRA.
The PKK took up arms in 1984 against the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to push for greater autonomy for the Kurdish minority who make up around 22.5 million of the country’s 78-million population. A large Kurdish community in Turkey and worldwide openly sympathise with PKK rebels.
Thursday’s strike was the first bomb attack in Istanbul since the failed July 15 coup seeking to oust the government from power.