TV footage showed scenes of panic and people lying on the ground covered in blood, amid protest banners.The blasts took place near the city’s central train station as people gathered for a march organised by leftist groups.The attack is the deadliest of its kind in modern Turkish history. In pictures: Aftermath of attacksPrime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced three days of national mourning, and said there was evidence that two suicide bombers had carried out the attacks.
In addition to the immediate and obvious story about the loss of human life, this is a scary story about the destabilization of Turkey. Ankarra isn’t a border town near ISIS occupied Syria. It’s smack in the heart of the country.
My first question was, did the PKK conduct this? They’ve been known to directly attack Turkey. But it appears that HDP, a pro Kurdish party, might have been the target of the attack. So the question is, who did stage this attack? Was it an ISIS operation? Fundamentalist groups aligned with the Erdogan government? Will Turkey use these attacks to step up operations against PKK?
Turkey has been content to let the chaos on its Syrian border continue, and let its western NATO allies conduct operations, while all the while doing its best to avoid having to make its own hard choices about involvement. It’s beginning to look like that might no longer be an option.
Coupled with spotty reports that Turkey shot down a Russian MiG yesterday after yet another airspace incursion, Turkey’s days of peace might be coming to an end.