Turkish Police Capture PKK Militant Suspected Over Istanbul Bombing

n_104681_1Turkish police have captured a PKK militant whom they suspect carried out a “motorbike bomb” attack on Thursday that wounded 10 people near an Istanbul police station.

Total of six people had been detained in connection with the attack in the Yenibosna neighborhood, several kilometers from Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, Turkey’s largest airport.

The suspected perpetrator was captured with a fake identity card in the central province of Aksaray, traveling in a car with two other people.

Television footage released after the explosion on Thursday showed damaged vehicles, shattered glass and broken windows in the residential area, along with the mangled wreckage of a motorbike to which the bomb was attached.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility. The PKK launched a separatist insurgency in 1984 in which more than 40,000 people have been killed. The conflict flared up again in July last year after the collapse of a two-year-old ceasefire.

 

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