A splinter group of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Wednesday claimed responsibility for a car bomb and gun attack that left two people dead in the Turkish city of Izmir, a report said.
The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) said one of its “revenge teams” had carried out the attack in the usually peaceful Aegean city on Jan. 5, in a statement carried by the pro-PKK Firat news agency.
It said the two male attackers, aged 29 and 25, were from eastern Turkey.
Describing Izmir as “peaceful, safe and a jewel of tourism and trade,” the TAK accused the Turkish government of trying to “cover up the wounds” of the attacks it has perpetrated by using “psychological warfare”.
The car bombing killed a traffic policeman and a court worker, triggering a deadly shootout in which two “terrorists” were killed.
Officials praised the dead policeman Fethi Sekin as a hero for preventing a far higher toll by stopping the car and then chasing down the attackers