ISTANBUL – A Kurdish armed group on Wednesday claimed last week’s attack on a courthouse in the west of Turkey which killed a police officer, a doorman and the two assailants.
The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) said in a statement that the attack on the Izmir courthouse last Thursday killed dozens of people and accused the Turkish government and press of covering up the true extent of the damage.
The guerrilla group said they targeted Izmir because of its popularity among tourists and the trade sector, and to thus unveil the Turkish state’s colonialism and the psychological war used by the ruling AKP party’s fascist regime.
Izmir is the only large city governed by the social-democratic opposition and is considered to be less affected by the tensions that run through the rest of the country.
The TAK’s statement justified their attack by outlining the destruction of homes and killings of civilians in the Kurdish regions, where the Turkish armed forces are fighting against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the main Kurdish guerrilla.
The TAK presents itself as a radical offshoot of the PKK, who assure they have no control over the militants in that group.
The Turkish government claims the TAK is but a subsidiary group of the PKK used to take responsibility for attacks that would give the main guerrilla a bad public image.
The TAK claimed nine attacks throughout 2016, with a total of 120 casualties.