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Feb 19, 2016 | 17:40 GMT

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Turkey: Kurdish Militants Claim Ankara Bombing

A Kurdish militant group, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, claimed responsibility for the Feb. 17 car bombing in Ankara that killed 28 people, The Daily Star reported Feb. 19. The group, which was once connected with the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), said that the attack was a protest against the the policies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Edrogan. Since the group's inception in 2004, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons have mounted multiple attacks on Turkish civilians, including the bombing of a military bus in 2012. Initially Turkey's leaders blamed the Feb. 17 attack on the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union party. Recent gains by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria have made Turkey even more sensitive what it views as a threat posed by the Kurdish independence movement.

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