The blast in Diyarbakır that killed 10 people and injured over 100 on Friday was perpetrated by an outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) terrorist, code named 'Kemal', the Diyarbakır Governorate Office said on Saturday.
“Three tons of explosives were used in the attack," the governor's office said in a statement.
The attack occurred hours after Turkey's police detained a dozen of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lawmakers over their support to terrorist groups.
PKK attack in southeast Turkey kills 9, injures 100
The number of casualties has risen to nine people killed and 100 people wounded in the large explosion carried out by the PKK on Friday in a central district in the city of Diyarbakır, governor's office said. In a written statement, the Diyarbakır Governor's office said that the blast occurred around 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) near a police facility in the Bağlar district. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said that two policemen and six civilians were martyred in the attack. The Diyarbakır governorate stated that the PKK terror group claimed the responsibility of a car bomb attack. The attack, reportedly a car bomb, exploded hours after police detained 11 lawmakers from the opposing People's Democratic Party (HDP). The blast took place near a police station where apprehended lawmakers in Diyarbakır were taken, a security source said. Overnight the police arrested the co-leaders of HDP Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ along with other nine people over a terrorism investigation. PKK has been targeting both security forces and the civilians in the attacks it conduct across Turkey since July 2015, when the PKK ended the ceasefire. Turkey has been conducting operations across the country against the PKK terrorist organization, as more than 8,000 PKK terrorists were killed by Turkish forces since that date.Opposition politicians held in terror probe in Turkey Turkey MPs held in probe for failing to answer summons
In an earlier statement, the governorate office had announced that PKK claimed responsibly for the attack.
Explosive experts said the details of the explosion indicated that it was a PKK-type attack.
Turkish Prime Minister also said the attack was carried out by PKK members and one of the terrorists was killed in the scene.
PKK claims responsibility for Diyarbakır attack
The outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack in southeast Turkey's Diyarbakır province that killed at least one and injured over 30 on Friday. The blast that occurred around 8 a.m. near a police facility in the Bağlar district was caused by the detonation of an explosive-laden vehicle, the Diyarbakır governorate's office said in an earlier statement. The responsibility for the attack was claimed by the PKK terrorist organization, the office said later. Blast follows detention of HDP lawmakers The explosion occurred hours after police detained 11 lawmakers from the opposing People's Democratic Party (HDP) for not attending the prosecutor's summon to give a statement regarding an ongoing anti-terror investigation. Despite being a parliamentary group, HDP has longstanding ties with the PKK terrorist group, which is responsible for numerous terror attacks in the southeast. The PKK, which is listed as a terror organization to Turkey, EU and the US, has been conducting armed conflicts since 1984 and is responsible for killing over 40,000 people. Turkey MPs held in probe for failing to answer summons PKK attack in southeast Turkey kills 8, injures 100
The attack was strongly condemned by the United States and the European Union.
Despite the experts' statement and governorate's announcement that the attack was carried out by a PKK terrorist, some international media outlets, including Reuters, launched a campaign to show the PKK as being innocent, claiming that Daesh terrorists were behind the attack.
EU expresses concern over terror attacks in SE Turkey
The European Union expressed concerns over the PKK terrorist group's attack on a police station in southeastern Diyarbakir province that left nine people martyred Friday. "The EU is very disquieted by the ongoing violence in the southeast over the last 12 months, which cannot continue," a written statement released by the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini's office said. The bloc expressed condolences to the families of the victims killed and wished a speedy recovery to the injured, adding that they considered the PKK as a terrorist organization. "Significant action has been taken against the PKK in the European Union and its member states in the recent years and months," according to the statement.US continues to express strong support for Turkey The statement said the EU firmly believed that all violence and terrorist attacks must stop, arms must be laid down and a credible political process should start."The European Union is ready to support such a process," it added.Similarly, the U.S. State Department also condemned the "indefensible" bombing, and offered its deepest condolences to the families of the victims. "We call on PKK to seize its senseless brutal attacks and we continue to stand by our friend and ally Turkey in his fight," agency spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing as the White House said it was "quite interested in getting to the bottom of what happened".Turkish FM criticizes EU's stance on PKK terrorism In addition to the nine martyrs, 100 others were injured in the vehicle bomb attack. The blast struck a building used by riot police officers in Bağlar, a district in the center of Diyarbakır province, at 7.53 a.m. local time (0453GMT), the regional governor's office said in a statement.
Some PKK-HDP sympathizers also joined the Reuter's perception operation and shared the news to cover up the PKK's attack that could be an act of revenge against the HPD deputies' detentions.
“Depending upon walky-talky conversation among PKK members, the security and intelligence units confirmed that the blast was carried out by the separatist terrorist organization [PKK]," the governorate said.
A multi-phased investigation was launched immediately after the incident and the legal authority will share the details following the inspection, the statement read.
US continues to express strong support for Turkey
While expressing concerns about recent developments in Turkey, the U.S. said Friday it would continue to voice strong support for its ally and that country's democracy. State Department spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. would not pin Turkey's democracy and the detainment of a pair of opposition leaders and deputies from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) to Ankara's membership in NATO. "And yes, one of the guiding principles of it [NATO] is a devotion to democratic ideals and Turkey's still a democracy and Turkey's still a member of the alliance," he said. Kirby's comments came hours after HDP co-chairs, Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtaş and, 13 deputies were remanded in custody Friday for failing to answer summonses linked to a counter-terrorism investigation. The PKK staged a bomb attack on a police station in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır just hours after the detentions. Nine people, including two police officers were martyred in the attack. According to the Turkish government, the HDP has links to the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and the U.S. "We continue to send by our friend and ally Turkey in this fight" with PKK, Kirby said.He also addressed Turkey's response to the recent abortive coup there and said the U.S. recognizes Ankara has "every right and should have every right and responsibility to try to get to the bottom of it and to deal" with the coup plotters. "Now can you imagine what that feel like and be like in our country if it happened? How seriously the democratically-elected government -- whether you like them or not -- how the responsibility they would have to respond to that?," he said. "Imagine what the reaction here would be if that were to happen." According to the Turkish government, the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) and its ringleader, Fetullah Gülen, masterminded the failed July 15 coup attempt. FETÖ-linked members within the Turkish military dropped bombs on civilians, the Turkish parliament building and tried to overthrow the country's democratically-elected government. More than 240 people were martyred and more than 2,100 injured, leading to a nationwide probe to eliminate FETÖ members who had infiltrated state institutions such as the judiciary and army.
Germany condemns PKK terrorist attack in SE Turkey
Germany strongly condemned Friday the terrorist PKK group's deadly bomb attack in Turkey's southeast.Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed profound sorrow and sympathy for the victims of PKK's vehicle bomb attack in Diyarbakir province which martyred nine people including two police officers, and injured nearly 100 people."We condemn this act of terrorism in the strongest way," Steinmeier told a joint press conference with his British counterpart Boris Johnson in Berlin.The minister reiterated support for Turkey's fight against terrorism."Nobody can question the right of Turkey to counter terrorism threat in a determined way," he said.The attack followed the arrests earlier Friday of 12 lawmakers from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) for failing to answer court summons linked to a counter-terrorism investigation. Among the 12 deputies, seven were remanded in custody, while three were released under judicial control. Two others are still being questioned. Steinmeier reinforced support for Turkey's efforts to investigate the foiled July 15 coup attempt and bring those responsible to justice, but also underlined that the proceedings should be in line with the rule of law.British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson backed Steinmeier's remarks, saying many European countries failed at first to demonstrate a proper response against the "very violent" coup attempt.Johnson also underlined the importance of Turkey for Europe."Turkey is critical for our security, for our struggle against terror, and of course critical for the conflict in Syria.
Death toll in Diyarbakir bombing rises to 11
Two victims of Friday's bombing in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir died from their injuries on Saturday, a police official said, taking the number of people martyred in the PKK terror attack to 11.The death toll includes at least two police officers with the remaining nine believed to be civilians. A terrorist was also killed in the explosion.Around 100 people were wounded in the blast, which targeted a police building in the central district of Baglar during morning rush hour. A handful were still being treated in hospital, the official said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.In a statement released Saturday, the governor of Diyarbakir province rejected media claims that Daesh was responsible for the attack. On Friday, the governor's office said the PKK had claimed responsibility.“The statement issued by the governor's office was based on radio chatter among the PKK terrorists," the governorate said on Saturday.The attack followed the arrests earlier Friday of 11 lawmakers from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) on terrorism charges. A 12th HDP lawmaker was arrested later.The government has accused the HDP of links to the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and EU. The group resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July last year. Since then, PKK terrorist attacks martyred more than 700 security personnel and also claimed the lives of many civilians, including women and children, while nearly 8,000 PKK terrorists were killed in army operations.