TAK claims responsibility for attack on Izmir courthouse

TAK claims responsibility for attack on Izmir courthouse
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SULAIMANI – The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) group, have claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack on a courthouse on January 5 in Turkey’s Izmir that killed a policeman and a court worker.

TAK, a break-away faction of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), released a statement on Wednesday (January 11), claiming responsibility for the car bomb attack in front of an Izmir courthouse last week.

Two people were killed in the attack, along with the two bombers.

TAK identified the two attackers as a 29-year-old man from Kahramanmaras, and a 25-year-old man from Agri.

The statement also threatened more attacks against Turkey in the future.

“We will be a nightmare to those that bomb our cities with tanks, artillery, helicopters and jets,” the statement read. “All the fascist institutions and establishments of the fascist Turkish state will get their share of our attacks as our people are suffering from torture, humiliation and having their rights taken away.”

The bombing in Izmir came less than a week after a gunman shot dead 39 people at a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year's Day in an attack claimed by Islamic State (ISIS).

Turkey faces multiple security threats. It has been hit by a series of bombings over the past 18 months, some of them blamed on ISIS, others on the PKK.