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17 April 2014, Thursday
 
 
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Eight killed in huge blast in southern Turkey

20 August 2012, Monday / TODAYSZAMAN.COM
At least eight people have been killed and 60 injured in a huge blast in southern Turkish province of Gaziantep.

Governor's office said in a statement that a truck full of explosives stopped near the Karşıyaka police station and was detonated, burning two buses and a car to the ground.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast Monday night in Gaziantep, near the Syrian border. Terrorists of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) are active in the area, and the fight between Turkish security forces and terrorists, who seek autonomy in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeast, has intensified in recent weeks.

Television footage showed firefighters attempting to douse a fierce blaze that gutted several vehicles. Medics assisted a wounded person on a stretcher, and ambulance sirens wailed as bystanders gathered to survey the wreckage.

The blast comes at a delicate time for the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which is providing refuge to tens of thousands of Syrians who have fled the civil war in their country, and is seeking, along with its Western and Arab allies, the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Within its borders, the Turkish state has granted more cultural rights to Kurds as a means of easing the long-running conflict with a significant portion of the ethnic minority, but there is still a great deal of distrust between Ankara and many Kurds.

The PKK operates from bases in the mountains of northern Iraq, and Turkish jets have periodically conducted bombing raids there.

Last week, a Turkish lawmaker was freed by his PKK terrorist captors. Hüseyin Aygün, a member of parliament from the main opposition party, was kidnapped at a roadblock while touring his precinct in the southeastern province of Tunceli.

 
 
COMMENTS
On no soul doth Allah Place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns. (Pray:) "Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; our Lord! Lay not on us a burden Like that which Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord! La...
maresal
This is a question to the people who claim that PKK are "heroic freedom fighters". Please tell me what is "heroic" about this cowardly act? Whose "freedom" are the PKK fighting for, the innocent people, Turks and Kurds, adult and children, it indiscriminately killed? What kind of freedom can these b...
Baris
Those who were hugging the PKK terrorists should bear the full responsibility of this cowardly act. Undeniably, they have blood of eight innocent people in their hands. This can only be partially washed by confining them in solitary prison cells for the rest of their rotten lives.
Nageyec
I sympathize with the Turkish people for this tragedy, but this incident could have been a blowback for Erdogan’s meddling in Syrian affairs.
Charles
god damn all of you. The PKK is an organization wild. The whole world should see it anymore.
necmi
First of all, the PKK did not do this. Secondly, the turkish governement have done minimum in regard to Kurdish rights. It is as if we Kurds should be happy with bones thrown under the table for us! Turkey is not accepting the Kurdish reality, and for that the kurds are fighting IN THE MOUNTAINS... ...
Mala Kurdistan
PKK have already made a statement that they did not have anything to do with this attack. A good journalist would mention that in the article, but hay this is a TURKISH newspaper. It censured and full with lies!
PK-KURDISTAN
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