Turkey has begun security operations against Kurdish rebels in the country’s south-east and in Iraq. The moves come as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed a crackdown on terror after Sunday’s attack in Ankara that killed at least 36 people and wounded at least 125.
A suspected bomber, who also died in the blast, was a female member of the PKK, security sources said, according to the BBC.
Four people were held over the bombings in the south-eastern city of Sanliurfa, according to Turkish media.
Eleven warplanes carried out air strikes on 18 targets including ammunition dumps and shelters in the Qandil and Gara sectors, the army said. The PKK (the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party) confirmed the attacks.
Interior Minister Efkan Ala said an investigation would conclude on Monday and those responsible would be named.
Romanian president conveys condolences message
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has sent on Monday a message of condolences to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following the terrorist attack on Sunday, adding that Romania remains committed to the fight against terrorism.
“I found out with sadness about the attack in Ankara on March 13. I assure you that Romania stands beside you and the Turkish people in these hard times and I convey my sincerest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives, along with assuring you of all support for Turkish authorities,” the message reads.
President Iohannis also firmly condemns the attack that left numerous innocent victims and underlines Romania remains anchored alongside Turkey and the international community in the fight against terrorism.
Romanian Foreign Ministry condemns the attack
The Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) has condemned the terrorist attack on March 13 in Ankara. MAE has sent sincere condolences to the victims’ families and compassion to the wounded.
In its release, MAE underscores that such actions, aiming at innocent lives, cannot be in anyway justified, adding that Romania stands firm against all forms of terrorism and supports the need for intensifying international efforts in combating terrorism.