Kurdish militants claim car bomb attack in Turkey’s Izmir

Family members react as police officers carry the coffin of police officer Fethi Sekin, who was killed in a car bomb attack Thursday, during his funeral cortege in the Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey, on Jan. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)
Updated 11 January 2017
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Kurdish militants claim car bomb attack in Turkey’s Izmir

ISTANBUL: Kurdish militants have claimed responsibility for last week’s car bombing attack that killed a policeman and a courthouse employee in western Turkey.
The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, or TAK, says that two members of its “revenge team” died in the Jan. 5 Izmir attack, according to a news agency close to Kurdish militants.
Firat News Agency, quoting a statement by the group Wednesday, identified the attackers as “comrades” Mustafa Coban and Enes Yildirim, aged 29 and 25 respectively.
TAK threatened “new acts of revenge” against the “fascist” Turkish state, which is fighting Kurdish rebels in the southeast.
The two assailants were shot dead after they detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a roadblock and engaged in a shootout with police.
Turkish authorities consider TAK to be an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.
The PKK has waged a decades-long insurgency and is considered a terror organization by Turkey and its allies, including the US
TAK has claimed multiple attacks in the past year, including two bombings that killed 45 people near a soccer stadium in Istanbul last month.


Iraqi military air strikes against Daesh targets in Syria kill 45

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Iraqi military air strikes against Daesh targets in Syria kill 45

  • Iraq has conducted an air strike on three houses in the Syrian town of Hajin where Daesh leaders were meeting.
  • 45 members of the militant group were killed in the strikes.

BAGHDAD: Iraq has conducted an air strike on three houses in the Syrian town of Hajin where Daesh leaders were meeting, killing 45 members of the militant group, its military said on Saturday.
"Iraqi F-16 jets carried out a successful air strike that targeted a meeting of Daesh leaders ... in the Hajin area within Syrian territory. The operation resulted in the complete destruction of the targets, and the killing of around 45 terrorists," the military's joint operations command said.
Iraqi jets hit three houses connected by a trench, the military said, adding that those killed included the group's "deputy war minister", one of its "media emirs", its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's personal courier and its chief of police.