An attack on a military convoy in Turkey’s south-east killed at least six people, a day after a bombing by Kurdish militants killed 28 people in the capital Ankara.
On Thursday, morning a bomb detonated by remote control hit security forces travelling in a military vehicle on a road linking Diyarbakir to the district of Lice. The military said six people died and one was seriously injured.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu alleged that Wednesday’s attack was perpetrated by a Syrian national with links to the Syrian-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK) assisted with the attack, he added.
“We collected intelligence all night,” Davutoglu told reporters in Ankara. “The perpetrators have been fully identified. The attack was carried out by YPG member Salih Necar, who came in from Syria. Nine people were detained in connection to the attack.”
Davutoglu said Turkish intelligence had established where the militants had crossed into Turkey and how their networks were organised.
“This information will be given to all countries, primarily the five permanent members [of the United Nations security council],” the PM said, once again underlining Turkey’s opposition to the YPG’s participation at UN-brokered Syria peace talks in Geneva.
“The evidence that shows that the YPG is a terrorist organisation will be given to all countries … Just as we don’t sit down with al Qaeda and Islamic State, we cannot sit down with the YPG either. Those that see Turkey’s enemy as their friend will lose Turkey’s friendship.”
The Turkish government has lashed out at its western allies, foremost the US, over their refusal to designate the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union (PYD) and its armed wing, the YPG, as a terrorist organisation.
The head of the PYD denied allegations that it or the YPG was involved. “We have never heard of this person Salih Necar,” Saleh Muslim said. “These accusations are clearly related to Turkish attempts to intervene in Syria.”