In a swift response to a suicide attack near the parliament building in Ankara, Turkish military forces launched airstrikes inside Iraqi Kurdistan. The attack, which occurred earlier on the same day, resulted in minor injuries to two police officers. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a group designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey and its Western allies, claimed responsibility for the blast. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vehemently condemned the attackers, vowing that their objectives would never be achieved. The swift military action targeted suspected PKK positions in the Bradost region and the village of Badran in northern Iraq, with Turkish jets destroying 20 targets used by the militants.
The Ankara suicide attack, which took place at the entrance gate of the Turkish Ministry of the Interior, led to heightened security measures in the area. Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya confirmed that one of the attackers detonated a bomb, while the other was neutralized by security forces before he could trigger his explosive device. Following the incident, the Ankara prosecutor’s office initiated an investigation, and access to the attack site was restricted. International leaders, including those from Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States, expressed solidarity with Turkey, condemning the act of terrorism.
The latest attack underscores the ongoing conflict between Turkey and the PKK, a deadly insurgency that has persisted for four decades. Turkey’s determination to combat terrorism was further emphasized as its military conducted targeted airstrikes in northern Iraq. Erdogan’s strong stance against the perpetrators, coupled with international support, highlights the collective resolve to maintain peace and security in the region despite the persistent threats posed by terrorist groups.