ISIL on Top of the Investigation of Bombing in Turkey
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said last Monday in an interview that the IS (Islamic State) group is the “No. 1 priority” in the twin bombings investigation. The said bombings killed almost a hundred of people in Ankara last Saturday.
PM Davutoglu said that the investigation of the authorities were close to the identification of the two suicide bombers who initiated the attacks in the Turkish capital city; however, refused to name the group behind the identified bombers. The investigation he said is focused on the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIL or ISIS.
A newspaper Yeni Safak reported on Monday that the authorities were testing the DNA samples from 20 Turk families whom they believe are connected to ISIL.
On the other hand, Hurriyet newspaper said in a report that the device used in the said attack were similar with those explosive device used in a suicide bombing near Suruc, border of Syria. The bombing killed 33 people who are identified as peace activist last July. According to the government, the said bombing was committed by ISIL.
In a report in the evening of Sunday, the Turkish government raised the death toll in the Ankara bombing from 95 to 97. Furthermore, the report mentioned that a Palestinian is included in the said death toll. While in another report, the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has said that there are about 128 people died in the attacks, which happened during a peace rally near Ankara’s central train station.
Definitely, nobody has claimed responsible for the said bombings. But, Davutoglu said that the Ankara attack could be initiated by Kurdish militants, ISIL or radical leftist groups.
Anadolu agency reported that there were about 35 PKK militants killed after the Turkish military carried out airstrikes on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the southeast part of Turkey and in the north of Iraq. PKK is considered by Turkey and US as a terrorist organization.