The twin explosions near a train station in Ankara, Turkey on Saturday morning, targeting a peace rally had claimed the lives of 95 people and injured 160 making it the deadliest attack in the capital in recent years.
The death toll is expected to rise as 65 of them are critically injured. The simultaneous bombings occurred during a rally organized by Turkey’s public workers’ union and other groups with the protestors including Kurdish activists demonstrating for calling an end to the renewed conflict between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish government. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the two explosions were suicide bombings and suspected the Kurdish rebels, Islamic State and the DHKPC or the extreme Left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party Front to be behind the attacks. Things would come to light only when the report of the inquiry committee comprising two chief police inspectors and civil inspectors, is released. Turkey has apparently come under the hit list of the terrorists who track down West Asia and Europe. A NATO member, it hosts more refugees than any other country in the world and has been receiving the Kurdish refugees, currently the world’s largest homeless community, for some time now. Added to this, is the ever increasing influx of the refugees from Syria where majority of the population had already fled the country escaping war. Turkish government has been accepting the hapless asylum seekers out of humanitarian consideration and safeguarding their rights thereby drawing sharp criticisms from the political parties in the country. The attacks on Saturday come amidst this tense situation prevailing in the country. The AK Party under Erdogan and Davutoglu had tried many military and political moves to de-weaponise PKK and bring it to peace. Steps like recognizing the Kurds as the citizens of the country and expressing willingness to pave way for the PKK to enter mainstream Turkish politics over time if they renounce arms were some of them. Turkey’s emergence as a new global power is seemingly impeded by the country’s political opponents, overtly as well as covertly, with the aid of external forces. The apprehensions of the Turkish government that the country was being categorized into the list of unstable nations in the region, is justifiable.
The conflicts in war-torn Syria affects Turkey the most, the reason why the nation took part in the war against the Islamic State along with other world nations and resisting the Assad government at the same time. Due to this stance, Turkey has been hit by the insurgents and the attacks by the internal forces of PKK come at the same time. PKK constantly unleashes violence to de-stabilise the nation like killing the forces by dropping mines at borders and carrying out attacks on restaurants. The Turkey government has been carrying out discourses with the party since 2011. But PKK has been continuing with the attacks with the help of a 200-member group formed for the purpose due to which the government strengthened the military move against PKK for hampering peace. Several Kurd terrorists had been killed in the military offensive launched by the government since July 22. The Kurd party head had warned of possible retaliatory attacks in the Turkish cities reinforcing suspicions about the role of PKK in the attacks. Neighbouring countries like Iraq and Syria have also accelerated the issues in the country that was set to emerge as a major power in Europe. Turkey had already warned NATO that the tense atmosphere and the intervention of the world powers would encourage the Islamic State and PKK. But the pleas had gone futile. The twin explosions in Ankara underline Turkey’s vulnerability towards terrorism. If the political conflicts in West Asia remain unresolved, the world would be more chaotic in coming days.