A terrorist attack in Turkey's capital Ankara on 17 February 2016 killed at least 28 people and wounded dozens of others, as a car laden with explosives detonated next to military buses near the armed forces' headquarters, the parliament and other government buildings.
The attack, the latest in a series of bombings, some blamed on Islamic State, some on Kurdish separatist forces and some unexpalined, came as Turkey got dragged ever deeper into the war in neighboring Syria and tried to contain some of the fiercest violence in decades in its predominantly Kurdish southeast.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on the 18 February 2016 that the suspect was a member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), an armed faction of the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD) that has been listed as a terrorist group by Turkey.
US and other western support of the YPG in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria has caused tension with Turkey, which feared advances by the Kurdish militia in northern Syria would increase separatism among its own Kurdish minority.
On the 19 February 2016 the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) a Turkish-based Kurdish militant group said it had carried out the bomb attack.
Due to the terrorist attacks, prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu cancelled his trip to Brussels, where he was due to take part at a meeting with several other European countries to discuss the migration crisis.
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