28 people died and 61 wounded in a car bomb attack in Ankara, Turkey:
ISTANBUL Turkey Thursday accused Kurdish groups of responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed 28 people in the capital, Ankara, yesterday, 27 of them members of the Turkish military.
In a televised speech, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that a member of the Syrian Peoples Protection Units, or YPG, had carried out the attack in collaboration with Turkeys Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK.
A Syrian national identified as Saleh Najjar from the Kurdish town of Amudah in northern Syria was identified as the perpetrator of the suicide bombing, and nine other people have been detained in connection with the attack, Davutoglu said.
A direct link between the attack and the YPG has been established, Davutoglu said. The attack was carried out by the PKK together with a person who sneaked into Turkey from Syria.
The YPG swiftly denied any link to the bombing and said the Turkish government was accusing the YPG in order to justify attacks against the rapidly expanding Kurdish enclave known as Rojava that is in the process of being established in northern Syria.
Cemil Bayik, one of the top leaders of the PKK who lives in northern Iraq, said he didnt know who had carried out the bombing but speculated that it may have been an act of retaliation for the massacres in Kurdistan a reference to a brutal military campaign being waged by Turkeys military against Kurds in southeastern Turkey.