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PKK claims bomb attack in Turkey’s capital that injured 2 police officers

The attack happened just as the parliament returned from recess and was expected to take on Sweden’s NATO bid.
Police presence after the attack in Ankara, Turkey.

ANKARA — A suicide attacker blew himself up Sunday outside Turkey’s police headquarters, wounding two police officers in Ankara, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya said.

A second assailant was “neutralized” in what Turkish authorities have called a terrorist attack. Hours after the explosion, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) — a militant group that has been waging an armed campaign against the Turkish state since 1984 — claimed responsibility for the attack. 

In a statement carried by the PKK-linked Firat news agency, the militant group said the location of the attack and its timing are aimed to send a “warning” signal to the Turkish government over its ongoing military operations against the group in Syria and Iraq. 

The PKK is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. 

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