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Kurdish Group Assumes Responsibility For Explosion In Turkish Missile Factory

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Kurdish Group Assumes Responsibility For Explosion In Turkish Missile Factory

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On April 7th, the Peoples’ United Revolutionary Movement (HBDH) assumed responsibility for an attack on Turkish missile producer Roketsan in Ankara.

The official version, however, is that a minor explosion took place and three workers were injured, but there was no loss of life.

“An explosion took place in our fuel tanks in our facilities in Elmadag town of Ankara at around 14.47 [1147GMT]. There was no loss of lives, three personnel were mildly wounded.

“There was no life loss in the explosion in Roketsan, I wish a quick recovery to our wounded personnel,” said Ismail Demir, the head of Turkey’s Defense Industries.

According to the statement assuming responsibility HBDH said they used a “special technology” to attack the factory.

“In the explosion, a part of the production facility and the raw material warehouse used in making rocket were completely destroyed. Our unit observed that there were casualties and injured but their numbers could not be verified. Our forces left the region and returned to their base of operations without any losses.”

In the statement the primarily Kurdish group vows to continue fighting against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government and to not forget any of the members of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and other allied groups who have died fighting against the Turkish authorities under Erdogan.

Meanwhile, Anadolu Agency reported that a senior PKK member, Mahmut Oktay was arrested by Turkish authorities when a suspicious vehicle was stopped in the Mus province, on the main road, as part of internal security operations, said an Interior Ministry statement.

Another person suspected of aiding and abetting PKK was also apprehended.

The Turkish Ministry of Defense said that on April 9th, a Turkish commando group hit a group of 4 PKK members in northern Syria and “neutralized” them. Four other PKK members were “neutralized” at an undisclosed location.

On April 10th, the Turkish Defense Ministry said it had neutralized 2 PKK members in Northern Iraq’s Haftanin region.

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