Kurdish militant group claims supermarket bombing in Istanbul, 15 wounded | VailDaily.com

Kurdish militant group claims supermarket bombing in Istanbul, 15 wounded

ISTANBUL, Turkey – A bomb exploded at an Istanbul supermarket during Monday’s afternoon rush, injuring 15 people. A Kurdish news agency reported that a Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, which came days after a fatal bombing at an Internet cafe in the city.In an e-mail, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons Organization said it carried out both attacks in response to Turkey’s policies toward the Kurdish people, the Firat News Agency said on its Web site.The shadowy group – believed linked to the main Kurdish guerrilla group, Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK – has claimed responsibility for a number of bomb attacks in Turkey, including a blast in the Aegean resort town of Cesme last summer that wounded 21 people. The same group had also claimed Thursday’s bomb attack on the Internet cafe, which killed one person and injured 15, including seven policemen.”From now on, we will continue our actions uninterrupted” until the Turkish government changes its policies, the militant group said.Turkey maintains its military drive against the autonomy-seeking Kurdish rebels and does not recognize its sizable Kurdish population as an official minority.The bomb blast at the supermarket damaged a wall and shattered windows.”I was sitting inside when the explosion shattered the windows,” said Zikri Cetinkaya, 48, who had been in a real estate office next door to the supermarket. “I immediately ducked and waited inside, I saw the ambulances outside but I was so afraid to walk to the market.”Kurdish guerrillas have been fighting for autonomy in the southeast since 1984, a battle that has so far claimed 37,000 lives. The European Union and the United States consider the PKK to be a terrorist organization.—Associated Press Writer Selcan Hacaoglu in Ankara contributed to this report.Vail, Colorado

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