Terrorists in Turkey (Warning: Pictures may be disturbing)
This past month, the fifth major bombing occurred in the past eight months in the country of Turkey. It was not easy to find information on these bombings. There is not much coverage, and in this coverage not very many details or records of quotes from locals or interviewees. Why are the bombings in these countries not covered nearly as much; especially since there are many more bombings?
July 20, 2015 was the first in succession of these five bombings. A peace rally was in session the town of Suruc right on the Syrian border. Kurdish activists and supporters were rallying for Kobani Reconstruction efforts. Kobani is a city that had been demolished by ISIS after a Kurdish group had launched an attack against them. The suicide bomber is suspected to have been a part of ISIS. The bomb killed 32 people and seriously injured 100 others.
The second attack occurred on October 10, 2015 at Ankara, the Kurdish capital. This also occurred at a rally — a Pro-Kurdish rally. People were baffled by the lack of security and police presence. They were reported to be gathered at a place where speeches were going to be made while the bomb went off. The bombing occurred in an area where exclusively Kurds were gathered. 103 people were killed and 500 were injured; the largest numbers of people killed and injured in these bombings so far.
A third and completely unexpected bombing occurred in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul on January 12 of this year. This is the tourist central of Istanbul, Turkey. This bombing reportedly killed 11 tourists and wounded 6 others. Nine of those killed were German tourists. Because no major event was happening, there was no special police protection or military presence. This is said to have seriously hurt the tourism industry in Istanbul — one of the most visited cities in the world.
On February 17, 2016 in Ankara, Turkey there was a military convoy going through rush hour traffic in the evening. There was a car bomber in the midst of traffic right by this convoy. The cars were stopped at traffic lights close to the Turkish Parliamentary building where a meeting was in session about these attacks when the blast went off. 29 were killed and 60 others were injured as a result of this explosion. It is said that this resulted because of Kurds retaliating against Turkish attacks at their bases at the Southeast part of the country.
The most recent bombing occurred March 13 of this year — earlier this month. The car
bombing occurred in Kiziay square, Ankara, Turkey. The blast went off at the busiest part of the city; where it interconnects. This is reportedly where many rally’s occur and people gather. The bomb exploded in the evening in the midst of traffic killing at least 37 and wounding dozens of others.
Five bombs, over 210 killed, and well over 600 seriously injured; and the numbers keep increasing. The frequency of the bombings are becoming alarmingly closer. 3 months, to another 3 months, 1 month, to the next. When will the next happen in the poor country of Turkey?
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Info taken from BBC News reports and
The Young Turks