Friday 30 September 2016

Kurdish group claims responsibility for second Ankara attack

Published 17/03/2016 | 09:31

A man reaches out as mourners carry a Turkish flag-draped coffin following Sunday's explosion in Ankara (AP)
A man reaches out as mourners carry a Turkish flag-draped coffin following Sunday's explosion in Ankara (AP)

A Kurdish militant group has claimed responsibility for a suicide car-bomb attack in the Turkish capital which killed 37 people.

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In a statement posted on Thursday on its website, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons said the attack in Ankara was in response to Turkish military operations against Kurdish rebels in the south-east.

The Turkey-based group is considered an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, and has carried out several attacks in the past including one in Ankara in February that killed 28 people.

More than 200 people have died in five suicide bombings in Turkey since July that were blamed either on the Kurdish rebels or IS.

Meanwhile, Germany's foreign minister says he decided to close the country's embassy in Ankara and its consulate in Istanbul, as well as German schools in both cities, after authorities received a security warning Wednesday night.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Berlin that there were "some very concrete indications that terrorist attacks were being prepared against our facilities in Turkey".

Mr Steinmeier says security is being increased at all facilities and authorities are trying to collect more information.

He did not say how long the facilities would be closed.

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