Turkey Blames Kurdish Militants Responsible for Attack

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 Turkey blames Kurdish militants for attack

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On Monday, Turkey blamed Kurdish militants for the explosion that killed six people in Istanbul and detained 47 people, including a Syrian woman suspected of planting the bomb, but the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) denies its involvement.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for Sunday's explosion on the busy pedestrian street Istiklal, which injured 81 people.

Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu said the PKK and the Syrian Kurdish YPG were responsible for the explosion. Soylu said the order was given in Kobani, a city in northern Syria where Turkish forces have conducted operations against the YPG in recent years.

Ankara claims the YPG is a wing of the PKK. The United States supported the YPG in the conflict in Syria, fueling tensions among NATO allies.

In a statement on its website, the PKK denied involvement and said it would not attack civilians.

A Turkish official said the possibility that the Islamic State was responsible for the attack is “not completely ignored”.

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