Bombing at Turkey's Ministry: Terrorist Attack Hours Before Parliament Resumes

In a shocking act of violence, two terrorists detonated a bomb in front of Turkey’s Interior Ministry building located in Ankara, the nation's capital.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Bombing at Turkey's Ministry: Terrorist Attack Hours Before Parliament Resumes
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In a shocking act of violence, two terrorists detonated a bomb in front of Turkey’s Interior Ministry building located in Ankara, the nation's capital. The attack occurred just ahead of the much-anticipated opening of parliament on Sunday.

A Disturbing Morning in Ankara

According to Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya, the attackers arrived at the building's entrance around 9:30 a.m. local time in a light commercial vehicle. Subsequently, one of the assailants detonated an explosive device, while the other was swiftly "neutralized." In the wake of this distressing incident, two police officers sustained injuries, which have been deemed non-life-threatening.

Yerlikaya promptly relayed the events to the public through a statement on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

PKK Claims Responsibility

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, often referred to as the PKK, a Kurdish militant group recognized as a terrorist organization by not only Turkey but also the US and European nations, took responsibility for the act.

As per the Firat News Agency, a pro-PKK media outlet, the attack had been executed "according to plan and without any obstacles." In a defiant statement, the PKK highlighted that had the "Brigade of Immortals" members altered their timing slightly, the consequences could have been even more devastating.

They also attempted to justify their actions by condemning what they perceive as the "disregard of human rights," the inhumane treatment in both Turkish and Kurdish jails, the use of chemical weapons against PKK guerrilla forces, environmental destruction in Kurdistan, and the alleged suppression of the Kurdish people.

Government's Resolute Stand Against Terrorism

Reacting to this act of terror, Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc confirmed that an official investigation has been initiated. Tunc further emphasized Turkey's resolve, stating, "These attacks will in no way hinder Turkey’s fight against terrorism.

Our fight against terrorism will continue even more determinedly." The timing of the attack was particularly jarring, occurring just hours before the lawmakers were scheduled to recommence their duties post the summer recess at 2 p.m.

In a spirited address, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his country’s unwavering commitment to counter-terrorism. He asserted, “Turkey will continue its fight against terrorism until the last terrorist is eliminated domestically and abroad”.

Erdogan also offered reassuring words to his citizens: “The vile people who took aim at the peace and security of our citizens did not reach their goal and they never will”.

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