A woman who jumped onto a suicide bomber in order to protect her children in an attack that killed two and injured 21 in Bingöl on Oct. 29 saved the lives of dozens of people.
The attack is believed to have been carried out by the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has not denied responsibility. The attack occurred near a Justice and Development Party (AK Party) office in the predominantly Kurdish city at 1:20 p.m. Details surrounding the attack began to surface the following day, with witnesses stating that a woman who has been identified as Hatice Belgin threw herself onto the female suicide bomber, who was trying to detonate explosives strapped to her body, in order to protect her children. Belgin had been shopping in the area with her three children. The woman’s children, Veysel (16), Ceylan (14) and Hazal (11), were taken to Bingöl State Hospital on the same day. While Veysel remains in critical condition, Ceylan and Hazal, who sustained injuries in the attack, were released on Wednesday. Ceylan said her mother is hero and that she is proud to be the “daughter of a martyr.” Ceylan told reporters that she is saddened to have lost her mother, but happy to know that her mother saved the lives of 50 people. The PKK has apologized for the suicide bombing; however, Belgin’s husband, Kadir, strongly condemned the terrorist organization for the attack.