Syrian national of YPG-links behind Ankara blast, says Turkish PM

Turkey attack

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has blamed Syria’s PKK-linked YPG group for a blast in the capital Ankara that killed at least 28 people.

The Turkish leader used the speech on Thursday to call on the country’s allies to pick a side.

Davutoglu blamed the suicide attack on a Syrian Kurd with links to the YPG, adding nine others linked to the attack were arrested after the bombing.

The Turkish prime minister called on the US and other allies to end cooperation with the YPG in Syria and list it as a terrorist group.

“We cannot continue to accept these dual standards, we are looking forward to a uniform stance against them (YPG),” Davutoglu said.

“We call on all the countries to take a clear stance against those terrorist organisations…either stand by the side of Turkey as a state or take side with terrorists.”

Speaking shortly after Davutoglu, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would reveal evidence proving the YPG’s involvement in the attack, adding “those who support them will be judged by history.”

Turkish jets carried out air strikes against PKK targets in northern Iraq shortly after the attack killing 70 of its members, the Turkish leader said.

The YPG denied its members carried out the attack in a statement issued on Thursday.

Turkey’s military said early Thursday that airstrikes targeted tens of PKK militants, including some of the organization’s top figures, in northern Iraq on Wednesday night.

The PKK – considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU – resumed its 30-year armed campaign against the Turkish state in late July 2015.

The Turkish capital was already on alert after two suicide bombers killed 101 people on Oct. 10, 2015, during a demonstration of peace activists near Ankara’s main train station, the bloodiest attack in the country’s modern history.

Source: Agencies


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