Footage from the Turkish capital of Ankara depicted the exact moment a car bomb exploded this Wednesday, in what was the second terrorist attack to have befallen the city in less than six months.
“Footage shows several cars slowing as they pass a convoy of buses, reported to have been carrying members of the armed forces, which was attacked as it waited at traffic lights,” the U.K. Daily Mail reported. “The screen suddenly goes white as the bomb exploded, although it isn’t clear from the footage from which car the explosion originated.”
The attack, which the country’s health minister described as “well-planned,” reportedly occurred very close to the Turkish Parliament, as well as the city’s own government facilities and armed forces’ headquarters. It left at least 28 people dead and another 61 injured.
No group had yet to claim responsibility, though some Turkish officials suspected that the attack was committed by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, whereas others believed the Islamic State group was behind it.
Turkey, a NATO member, faced multiple security threats — first from the PKK, which broke a ceasefire this July when its members killed four Turkish policemen, and second from the Islamic State group.
Given Turkey’s chummy relationship with the Islamic State group, however, it seemed more likely that PKK was behind this attack. And judging by how Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan immediately responded, it appeared he assumed the same thing.
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Specifically, Erdogan launched a wave of airstrikes against PKK strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
“They (the West) tell us to stop shelling’ the Kurdish fighters in Syria,” Erdogan reportedly said in a televised speech. “Forgive me, but there is no question of us doing such a thing. Whoever fires shells on Turkey will get not just a tit-for-tat response but an even greater one.”
He sounded like a man who meant business. Certain other people could learn something from him …
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