Representatives of a group close to the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, are denying that Kurdish militants were behind a recent suicide bombing in Turkey that left at least 32 injured.
The blast occurred October 31 at Istanbul’s central Taksim Square. The attacker, whom security officials described as a man with explosives strapped to his torso, tried to board a police bus at the northern end of the square – a transportation and commercial hub usually packed with tourists and shoppers – and blew himself up next to it when he failed to gain access. Fifteen of the wounded were police officers, two of whom were battling life-threatening injuries.
Additional explosives and a detonator were found by the attacker’s body, which was thrown to the ground near a statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the revered founder of modern Turkey.
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Nichole Sobecki is a freelance journalist based in Istanbul.