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.