PKK offshoot TAK claims responsibility for Kayseri bombing

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This picture obtained from the Ihlas News Agency shows a police officer and people walking next to the wreck of public bus following an explosion on December 17, 2016 in Kayseri, central Turkey. Several people were wounded on December 17 in a car bombing close to the public bus in the central Turkish city of Kayseri, television reports said. The Dogan news agency said that the blast took place opposite the Erciyes University in the city. NTV television said there could be fatalities as a result of the blast. The state-run Anadolu news agency said that the bus was owned by the municipal transport authorities in Kayersi but was transporting Turkish soldiers who had taken permission to go to a local market for the day. IHLAS NEWS AGENCY / AFP

The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), an offshoot of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack in the central province of Kayseri last Saturday that killed 14 soldiers.

The attack targeted a bus carrying off-duty soldiers and civilians on Saturday morning in Kayseri. More than 50 people were also injured in the explosion.

The explosion occurred just as the bus drove past a car carrying explosives. The bomb exploded at an entrance to Erciyes University.

In initial comments, Deputy Prime Minister and Justice and Development Party (AKP) government spokesperson Numan Kurtulmuş blamed PKK for the Kayseri attack.

“All signs point to the PKK,” Kurtulmuş told NTV on Saturday afternoon.

TAK also claimed responsibility for twin bombings in İstanbul on Dec. 10 that killed 45 people and injured 166.

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