Two suicide bombers blew themselves up during anti-terror operations in the Turkish capital Ankara early Saturday, said a local news agency.
The terrorists were reportedly planning a car-bomb attack in Haymana, a southern district in the city. They refused to surrender and triggered the bomb after anti-terror police told them to lay down their arms, said Dogan News Agency.The local agency did not say if casualties were involved in the bombing.
The terrorists were most likely from the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party(PKK), said Ercan Topaca, a local governor at the explosion spot in Haymana, adding that the identity of the female bomber has been confirmed and the investigation remains on going.
On Oct. 7, police in the city of Aksaray in the Central Anatolian region of Turkey detained a PKK militant as the suspect of the Oct. 6 motorcycle bomb attack in Istanbul, said the state-run Anadolu news agency. The attack took place near a police station in the Yenibosna neighborhood of Istanbul in the afternoon, leaving 10 civilians wounded.
Local anti-terror police identified the suspect on the run via security footage, and concluded that he had left the city in a civilian car to join PKK camps in Syria and Iraq. The police have informed security units across the country to apprehend the suspect. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.