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Syria’s Kurds deny involvement in Turkey bombing

Security and ambulances at the scene of an explosion on Istanbul's popular pedestrian Istiklal Avenue, November 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Security and ambulances at the scene of an explosion on Istanbul's popular pedestrian Istiklal Avenue, November 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denies any role in a deadly bomb attack in central Istanbul that killed six people, which Turkey has blamed on Kurdish militants.

“Our forces have nothing to do with the Istanbul bombing,” says Mazloum Abdi, the chief commander of the US-allied SDF.

Turkey considers the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) — the main component of the SDF — an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Ankara has blamed the PKK, which has waged an insurgency in Turkey for decades, for carrying out the attack Sunday in Istanbul. The PKK also denied involvement in the attack.

There has been no claim of responsibility.

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