Suicide bombers kills 2 Turkish policemen,
wounds 16 outside police station
May 25, 2012
ANKARA, — A car bomb driven by two
suspected suicide attackers exploded outside a
police station in central Turkey, killing two
policemen and wounding 16 people, the interior
minister said. The two attackers were also killed.
The two suspects sped through a paramilitary check
point and detonated the powerful bomb outside the
police station in the town of Pinarbasi, in the
province of Kayseri, said Idris Naim Sahin, the
Two police officers were killed and 16 people
including children of police officers staying in
nearby police lodgings were wounded, Sahin said.
The vehicle was first spotted at the paramilitary
check point in the neighbouring province of
Kahramanmaras, some 90 kilometres (56 miles) away,
when it ignored calls to stop and hit a sergeant as
they escaped, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.
Police opened fire as it passed the police
headquarters in the town of Pinarbasi and the bomb
went off, Sahin said. Pinarbasi lies east of the
city of Kayseri, which is about 325 km (200 miles)
southeast of the capital Ankara.
Sahin hinted that Kurdish PKK rebels, fighting for
autonomy in southeast Turkey, might have been behind
"The crazy attacks of the terrorist organization are
continuing," he said, in an apparent reference to
the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.
Private NTV television and the Dogan news agency
said a policeman standing guard outside the police
station opened fire at the assailants,www.ekurd.net
triggering a clash with police guards outside the
building. The bomb went off soon after the clashes.
Suspected Kurdish rebels have also kidnapped 10
villagers in a raid on the village of Bayirli near
the southeastern town of Tunceli on Tuesday night,
the state television said Friday. The motive of the
kidnapping was unclear.
The PKK has several times proposed peaceful solutions regarding Kurdish problem,
Turkey has always refused saying that it will not negotiate with “terrorists”.
Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been
fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the
constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a
Kurdish state in the south east of the country, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000
But now its aim is the creation an autonomous
and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who
constitute the greatest minority in Turkey,
numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's
Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.
PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees,
lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the
way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within
Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader
Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against
the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish
Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population
as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural
rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish
language and private Kurdish language courses with
the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish
politicians say the measures fall short of their
The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by
Ankara and U.S. The PKK continues to be on the
blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which
overturned a decision
to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its
political wing on the European Union's terror list.
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