The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack near the Turkish Interior Ministry’s office in Ankara. In CCTV footage obtained by reporters, a vehicle pulled up to the ministry’s main gate, and one of the occupants quickly approached the building, resulting in an explosion, while the other remained on the street.
The blast killed one attacker, and authorities “neutralized” the other, according to the interior minister. This incident occurred in a central district housing ministerial buildings and the nearby parliament.
The PKK’s Immortal Brigade claimed responsibility for the “sacrificial action” against the Turkish Interior Ministry, as reported by Al Jazeera, citing a statement sent to the ANF news agency. The bombing was described as a ‘suicide attack’ planned to coincide with the opening of parliament by The News, which has close ties to the PKK.
Turkey’s Interior minister stated that the explosion injured two police officers in front of the Interior Ministry, with their injuries fortunately not life-threatening. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg condemned the attack and expressed solidarity with Turkey in its fight against terrorism.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the incident in a speech to the Turkish parliament, characterizing it as the “last flutters of terrorism” and emphasizing that terrorists attempting to disrupt peace and citizens’ security will not succeed. He warned that boosting the morale of “terrorist” groups with political motivations would be a formidable challenge.