Attack in Ankara – Erdogan: “Villains never achieve their goals”


After an attack in the Turkish capital Ankara that left two dead, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has now spoken out. The “villains” had not achieved their goals and would never achieve them, he said. As reported, two people tried to enter the Ministry of the Interior on Sunday morning. An attacker blew himself up in front of the entrance.

The other was killed by a shot to the head, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said. Two police officers were also slightly injured in the shootout (see video above). The background to the attack remains unclear. It took place on a symbolically important day, when Parliament returned from its summer recess and the new parliamentary term began.

Initially, nothing was known about the identity of the attackers. The “villains” have not achieved their goals and will never achieve them, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday. It is a “last terror attack.” The Turkish government considers the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG and the PKK, among others, to be terrorist organizations and regularly takes action against them in northern Iraq and northern Syria. According to state broadcaster TRT, these operations will be voted on soon.

It is unclear who is behind the attack
Sweden’s accession to NATO, for which the Turkish government is calling for tougher action by the Swedish government against the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), will also be discussed soon. It was initially unclear on Sunday who was behind the attack.

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) condemned Sunday’s attack “in the strongest possible terms”: “We support Turkey in these difficult hours. I wish the injured a speedy recovery,” the politician wrote on the X platform (formerly Twitter). NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also wished the police officers a “speedy and full recovery.” The alliance stands in solidarity with Turkey in the fight against terrorism.

You can see Nehammer’s tweet here.

Explosion in Istanbul about a year ago
The attack took place almost a year after an explosion in a pedestrian area in central Istanbul on November 13, 2022. Six people were killed and 81 others were injured. The Turkish government blamed Kurdish activists for this.

Ankara has been spared from attacks in recent years. The last attack took place in 2015, when more than a hundred people were killed in bomb explosions at the central station. The terrorist militia ‘Islamic State’ (IS) is said to be responsible for this.

Source: Krone


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