A KURDISH splinter group claimed responsibility yesterday for Sunday’s suicide car bombing that killed 37 people in Ankara.
The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), an extremist rival of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), specialises in attacks on civilians and rejects the PKK’s “humanist” politics.
Turkish authorities do not distinguish between the groups.
TAK said on its website that the atrocity was revenge for Turkish military operations against Kurdish communities in the country’s south-east and named the perpetrator as Seher Cagla Demir, “the first female suicide bomber in our ranks.”
TAK has also admitted carrying out last month’s Ankara bombing, which left 29 dead.
Turkish aid to Isis terrorists fighting Kurdish militias in Syria and Iraq has revived the decades-long war with the PKK, prompting a crackdown on Kurdish areas in Turkey.
TAK vowed further reprisals for any “hostile operations” carried out in Kurdish areas.