The Kurdish Freedom Falcons (TAK) posted a statement on its website, said it had carried out the bombing in Istanbul on Tuesday in revenge for Turkish operations in the Kurdish-dominated southeast. “The action was carried out to counter all the savage attacks of the Turkish Republic in Nusaybin and Sirnak and other places,” said the group, an offshoot of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). In the statement, posted in four languages including English and German, the TAK warned foreign tourists from visiting Turkey. “We are again warning all foreign tourists who are in Turkey or wish to come to Turkey,” said the group. “Foreigners are not our target, but Turkey is no longer a safe country for them.” The group, which labeled Turkey “colonial” and “fascist,” said the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) “obstinately insists on a wild war against the Kurdish people is responsible for the civilian deaths.” Seven of the fatalities in Tuesday’s Istanbul attack were said to be members of the security forces, while four civilians were also killed. Tourist area targeted The bomb struck near Istanbul’s Vezneciler metro station, which is within walking distance of tourist hotspots, including the Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque…. Read full this story
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