Authorities target Kurdish group after deadly stadium bombing
ISTANBUL | Turkish authorities arrested more than 200 people Monday following suicide bombings near an Istanbul stadium that killed 44 people. The arrests primarily targeted members of a Kurdish political party that already was a focus of a broader government crackdown.
Saturday’s attack, which a radical Kurdish group claimed as an act of revenge for state violence against the ethnic minority in the southeast, was the deadliest to hit Istanbul this year.
Authorities blamed the carnage on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. A shadowy offshoot of the movement, which has waged a decadeslong insurgency against the state, claimed responsibility for the attack on a website that is blocked in Turkey.
The Turkish state is locked in conflict with Kurdish rebels in the southeast and is militarily active across the border in Syria and Iraq. This year it has seen a series of suicide bombings in major cities that were the work of either Islamic State or Kurdish militants.