‘Huge disaster’ averted in Turkey, claims minister
TWO people suspected of planning a car bomb attack on the Turkish capital blew themselves up after being confronted by police, averting what the justice minister called a “huge disaster”.
The suspects, who died in the explosion on October 8, were believed to be preparing an attack when they set off the explosives, the Anadolu news agency said.
“A huge disaster has been prevented. It is probable they would have attacked Ankara. All signs are pointing to the PKK terrorist organisation,” Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said.
The bombing comes two days before the first anniversary of the deadliest terror attack in Turkey’s modern history which left 103 dead in Ankara.
Ankara governor Ercan Topaca told reporters at the scene it was “highly likely” that the suspects had connections to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The PKK – proscribed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU and US – has been waging a 32-year insurgency against the state in the country’s southeast.
Violence returned to the region after the collapse of a two-year ceasefire last year with hundreds of Turkish security forces killed and thousands of militants dead.
In the latest clashes, eight PKK militants were “neutralised” in Cukurcu district in Hakkari province on the border with Iraq. – THE main city of Indian-adminstered Kashmir came under curfew again after thousands clashed with government forces during the funeral of a boy killed in protests.
Police and paramilitary troops fired tear gas, pellets and live rounds into the air on October 8 to disperse the funeral procession of the 12-year-old as his body was carried to Srinagar’s “Martyr’s Graveyard”.
Residents said the boy was shot outside his home, but police say he was part of anti-India protests that took place on October 7.
“We are taking all possible measures so that the protests don’t spread to other areas,” a police officer said.
More than 50 people were injured during protests in the restive Himalayan region, which has been roiled by violence for nearly four months.
At least 90 people, most of them young protesters, have been killed and more than 12,000 injured in clashes with Indian security forces.
Thousands more have been arrested since the unrest began on July 8 when a militant leader was killed in a gunfight with soldiers.