Kurdish TAK Terror Group Takes Responsibility for Ankara Bombing

ISTANBUL (Reuters) -
Damaged vehicles at the scene of the explosion in Ankara, Turkey, on Sunday. (Selahattin Sonmez/Hurriyet Daily via AP)
Damaged vehicles at the scene of the explosion in Ankara, Turkey, on Sunday. (Selahattin Sonmez/Hurriyet Daily via AP)

The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), a terror group active in Turkey, claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed 37 people in the capital Ankara, according to a statement on its site on Thursday.

The group described the car bombing, which occurred on Sunday, as “vengeful action” for security operations in the mainly Kurdish southeast that have been underway since July, killing hundreds of civilians, security forces and terrorists. The target had been security forces but a large number of civilians were killed after police intervened, TAK said, and warned that further civilians losses in its attacks were inevitable.

TAK previously claimed responsibility for a separate car bombing in Ankara last month that killed 29 people. TAK says it split from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Experts who follow Kurdish terrorists say the groups retain ties.