Turkey's Davutoglu says Syrian Kurdish YPG behind Ankara attack

David Dolan
Car Bomb Kills 28 in Turkish Capital
Car Bomb Kills 28 in Turkish Capital


ISTANBUL, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Turkey has identified the perpetrator of the Ankara bombing attack that killed 28 people as a member of the Syria Kurdish YPG militia working with insurgents from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Prime Minister Davutoglu said.

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In a live television speech, Davutoglu said the bombing showed that the Syrian Kurdish YPG is a terrorist organization and that Turkey expects cooperation from its allies against the group.

Washington, which has said the YPG is not a terrorist group, has backed the insurgents in the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

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"In light of information we have obtained, it has been clearly identified that this attack has been carried out by the members of terrorist organization inside Turkey together with a YPG member individual who has crossed from Syria," Davutoglu said.

He also said nine people have been detained following the attack.

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