Turkish officials: Ankara bomber identified as 24-year-old Seher Cagla Demir

Published March 15th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Demonstrators hold carnations and pictures of victims of Sunday's suicide bomb attack during a silent march to pay tributes to the victims, in Ankara, on March 15, 2016 in Ankara. (AFP/Adem Altan)
Demonstrators hold carnations and pictures of victims of Sunday's suicide bomb attack during a silent march to pay tributes to the victims, in Ankara, on March 15, 2016 in Ankara. (AFP/Adem Altan)

Turkey's Interior Ministry says it has identified the bomber in Sunday’s Ankara attack as 24-year-old Seher Cagla Demir.

The ministry said in a statement Tuesday that Demir joined the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in 2013 and received training with the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.

The YPG is often viewed as the armed wing of the Syria-based Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD). Turkey claims that the PYD is the political affiliate of the PKK in Syria, and designates both as "terrorist" organizations.

Demir was registered in Turkey's eastern province of Kars's Kagizman district.

"May Allah rest the souls of the victims and we offer condolences to their families and the nation. We wish the wounded people a quick recovery as well," the interior ministry statement said.

The car bomb attack in Ankara’s central Kizilay neighborhood Sunday evening hit a major public transportation hub, killing 37 people and injuring dozens others.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material.


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