Thursday, 14 January 2016

Attacks in Turkey

Deadly blast devastates Turkish police HQ in Kurdish region, string of attacks reported

14 January, 2015

Photos showing the aftermath of a massive blast that destroyed the entire face of a multi-story police HQ in Turkey’s Diyarbakir province has appeared online. Reports describe multiple casualties in Cinar, blaming the Kurdish PKK militant group for the attack.

At least five people, including an infant, were killed as a result of the attack, which took place early on Thursday in Diyarbakir province, local channel Haber3 reported, adding that 8 terrorists had been killed in clashes with police following the bombing.

Earlier, reports cited by self-described Kurdish activist Gilgo on Twitter said that PKK also launched attacks in the towns of Bismil, Cizre, Mardin, Silopi, Sirnak, and Van. There were no details or confirmation immediately available.

Social media reports claimed that between 6 and 31 people may have been killed in the attack in Cinar. No official death toll has yet been announced.

The Turkish daily Hurriyet reported that the police department was targeted with a car bomb and then attacked with “rocket launchers and long barreled weapons.” According to the newspaper, ambulances and paramedics have been deployed to the scene of the explosion, in which it says at least 22 people were wounded.

Turkish media claims the attack was perpetrated by the PKK.

The massive explosion in the police HQ started a fire, leaving the entire building devastated. Pictures from the scene show severe structural damage with walls collapsed and flames raging within.

Those wounded in the attack, including police officers and members of their families, have been taken to the Medical Faculty Hospital, according to Hurriyet.



13 January, 2015

A bomb blast hit the center of Turkey today killing 10 people, most of which were foreigners. Is this the case of don’t bite the hand that is feeding you? 

It is no secret Turkey has had a big hand to play in the rise of Daesh, but now that Turkey has been struck will support for the terror group continue or will this be the change that is needed for Turkey to tackle the Daesh threat?. The attack was carried out by a lone suicide bomber, from Syria, Tayyip Erdogan said.
It has been warned that this attack is only the beginning of a campaign, but this is still yet to be seen. Turkish political scientist and counterterrorism expert give the warning in an interview with Sputnik,
I think that after Tuesday’s attack in Istanbul the international coalition will step up its campaign against Daesh. The explosion on Sultanahmet square is only the beginning and there will be more and more such terrorist attacks coming our way,” he told Radio Sputnik

The blast went off in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul, it went off close as people congregate close to the Blue Mosque. Turkish authorities have imposed a temporary blanket ban on media reporting about the event.  Moscow based analyst, Igor Nikolaichuk said that there is many people in Turkey with many reasons to launch an attack like this,
There are many people in Turkey willing to stage a terrorist attack these days. When you have a country just across the border where a civil war has been raging for almost four years now, when you have armed gangs roaming the streets, you just can’t control them. Still, I believe thatTuesday’s attack could have been the work of either Daesh or young Kurdish radicals who accuse their elder comrades of collaborating with Turkey. They are fighting their own war against Turkey” Anatoly el-Murid said.

Involvement in Syria has led to Turkey being targetted by the very same group they are supporting, this mirror image has repeated itself across the middle east. Supporting proxy forces is the name of  the game when it comes to modern warfare.

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