‘Huge dis­as­ter’ averted in Turkey, claims min­is­ter

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

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