— The Erimtan Angle —

Ankara 13-03-16

 “A blast caused by a suicide car bombing hit the center of Ankara on Sunday evening. The explosion resulted in over a hundred casualties. At least 34 people were killed and 125 injured in the explosion, according to the Turkish health ministry, as cited by Sputnik news agency. “It’s a car bomb, [it happened] in the heart of Ankara. . . and today is Sunday, many people may be outside,” Turkish journalist Onur Burcak Belli told RT by phone, adding that the scene of the blast is “very close to a shopping mall” and that “many cars are on fire and apparently a public bus is also on fire. I was nearby when I heard the explosion, and there were casualties all around. . . the numbers of dead are increasing,” an eyewitness told RT by phone, adding that “the explosion was actually bigger than the last one in Ankara.”.[1]

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“No one has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. A security official said that initial findings suggest the attack was carried out by Kurdish PKK fighters or a group affiliated with them, Reuters reported”.[2]

The following day: “Turkish warplanes bombed camps belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the north of Iraq early on Monday [, 14 March], Turkey’s army has confirmed. The strikes come less than 24 hours after a car bomb in Ankara killed at least 37 people. A total of 11 fighter jets were involved in the bombardment of the PKK positions. Eighteen targets were hit, including ammunition depots and shelters, the Turkish military said in a statement, as cited by Reuters. Turkey believes the PKK is a terrorist organization and Ankara has blamed the Kurdish separatist group for a number of recent terrorist attacks in the country, including Sunday’s car bomb at a transport hub in the Turkish capital, which killed at least 37 people and injured dozens more”.[3] Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (aka the Prez) said he would bring terrorism “to its knees,” and that the Turkish state would “never give up using its right of self-defense . . . All of our security forces, with its soldiers, police and village guards, have been conducting a determined struggle against terror organizations at the cost of their lives,” Erdogan said in a written statement, as cited by the Hurriyet Daily News. “These attacks, which threaten our country’s integrity and our nation’s unity and solidarity, do not weaken our resolve in fighting terrorism but bolster our determination,” he added.[4]

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[1] “Car bombing rocks Turkish capital Ankara, 34 dead, 125 injured” RT (13/14 March 2016). https://www.rt.com/news/335463-central-ankara-blast-sunday/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome.

[2] Car bombing rocks Turkish capital Ankara, 34 dead, 125 injured”.

[3] “Turkey warplanes hit Kurdish PKK camps in northern Iraq – Turkish army” RT (14 March 2016). https://www.rt.com/news/335484-turkey-hits-kurds-iraq/.

[4] “Turkey warplanes hit Kurdish PKK camps in northern Iraq – Turkish army”.

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