Freedom Hawks of Kurdistan claim responsibility for attack in Istanbul

Türkiye Materials 5 November 2010 10:22 (UTC +04:00)

The Kurdish "Freedom Hawks of Kurdistan" (Kurdistan Ozgurluk Sahinleri) militant group has claimed responsibility for the recent terrorist attack in Istanbul, CNN Turk reported.

In a statement posted on its website, the group said that the explosion "was an act of revenge on the police." One leader of the group, Vedat Acar, claimed to have organized the "act of revenge."

As a result of the attack in Taksim Square, 32 people were wounded, including 15 police officers.

The group also stated that the PKK has not been implicated in the attack, and their group, in contrast to the PKK, has not declared a truce and will continue retaliation.

Previously, the PKK rejected accusations of involvement in the bombings and announced its decision to extend a unilateral ceasefire with the authorities until the upcoming parliamentary elections in Turkey, which will be held in June 2011.