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President Abdullah Gül urges the country to stand together against terror as two more suspects are detained over the Aug 20 attack in Gaziantep.

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Turkish Premier Erdoğan (L) speaks with President Gül during a funeral for the victims
of a deadly attack which killed nine people in the southeastern province of Gaziantep. AA photo

Turkish Premier Erdoğan (L) speaks with President Gül during a funeral for the victims of a deadly attack which killed nine people in the southeastern province of Gaziantep. AA photo

Six of the nine people who were killed when a car laden with explosives was detonated on Aug. 20 in the eastern province of Gaziantep were buried Aug. 22. Calling on the entire world not to interpret this attack as an attempt to seek rights, President Abdullah Gül described the perpetrators as inhumane and strongly condemned their actions.

“I want the entire world to see that this attack had nothing to do with seeking rights. This was just a terrorist act committed by inhumane people who have totally lost their humanity,” Gül said. There is no doubt, he said, that the bloody attack in Gaziantep, which killed nine people, including children, was committed by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), as the terrorist organization has a long criminal record of similar acts. “Therefore, we have no doubt [that the PKK was behind the attack],” Gül told reporters yesterday in Gaziantep, while he attending the funerals of the victims of the attack.
The PKK has denied that it carried out the attack, but security forces claim to have evidence pointing to the contrary, according to officials, including Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin.

“We have to stand all together on such days. The best answer to give the terrorist organization and their supporters is to stand together, to establish a common front against terror, as an entire nation, regardless of our own political views,” Gül said.

Expressing his satisfaction at seeing this kind of unity in Gaziantep, where all leaders of all political parties and a number of leading politicians gathered for the funeral of the victims, Gül called on everyone to put distance between themselves and terrorism and the terrorist organization. “One of the most important steps in ending terrorism is the ability to stand against it, to stand against those who commit these crimes against humanity. I once again make this call to all my citizens,” he said.
The only thing that provided a modicum of solace was the news that security forces had detained some suspects who may be connected to the bloody attack, Gül said.

“Statements will be made after the completion of the ongoing investigation and after proving their involvement with the attack. The information we have been given shows that meticulous work is being carried out to pave the way for the detention of these suspects,” he said.

Gül, Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Chairman Devlet Bahçeli, Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay, Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin, National Education Minister Ömer Dinçer, Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek, Development Minister Cevdet Yılmaz, Labor and Social Security Minister Faruk Çelik, Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker, Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Şahin, lawmakers from the AKP, CHP and MHP, the Erdoğan’s wife Emine and son Bilal Erdoğan, the mayors of neighboring provinces, and about 15,000 citizens attended the funeral, which was held at the Bahaeddin Nakıboğlu Mosque. Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Şahin’s mother Perihan Kıymık, who died on Aug. 21, was also buried at the same funeral.

Safety measures

Because the leading figures in the government were present at the funeral, extraordinary safety measures were taken in and around the mosque in order to prevent possible extreme reactions in protest of terrorism.

Those killed in the bomb blast include guards İsmail Daler, 30, Davut Azak, 31, and Safi Canbaş, 49; as well as Onur Fikret Aker, 21, who was doing his military service in Şırnak and was on leave in Gaziantep; his wife Duygu Aker, 21, and their one-year-old daughter, Almina Melisa Aker; their niece Sevgi Gülperi İnanç, 11; Süleyman Alkan, 3; and Sena Büyükkonuk, 12. Büyükkonuk and Alkan were buried in Gaziantep on Aug. 21, and Azak was buried in Diyarbakır’s Ergani district on the evening of Aug. 21. The coffins of Daler, Canbaş, the members of the Aker family, and İnanç were wrapped with Turkish flags and placed next to the coffin of Şahin’s mother, Perihan Kıymık.

During the funeral, Şahin burst into tears. Emine Erdoğan tried to console Şahin. Erdoğan and Şahin wept together, embracing each other. The head of the Religious Affairs Directorate, Prof. Mehmet Görmez, performed individual funeral prayers for each deceased person. The bodies of the bombing victims were buried in Asri Cemetery near the mosque. İnanç’s body was sent to Adana, where her family lives.

Meanwhile, it was reported that five suspects, including the driver of the tow truck that brought the bomb-laden car to Gaziantep, were being questioned at Gaziantep Police Headquarters.

August/23/2012

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ilker avni

8/23/2012 7:03:39 PM

Turkeys problem with terroists is not a Kurdish problem,Turkeys problem is with a idealogy.Turkey can solve its problems with the Kurds politicaly,what is needed is trust and investment in Kurdish arears in the south east,jobs and schools and homes for the Kurds is what is needed to give hope and a future for they children.Turks and Kurds do have a future togeather and both can attain peace and prosperity,just look at Turkeys trade with Iraq Kurdistan.Turkey needs reinvest some of that in SE.

Faruk Timuroglu

8/23/2012 6:48:58 PM

To be able to solve a problem one must understand it and its sources. Turkish people don’t seem to have that understanding yet. Turkey’s existence is the problem for some who is using the Kurdish issue to solve it and at the same time trying to guide Turks towards the edge of abyss.

Murat

8/23/2012 6:32:48 PM

Need a plan B here. I am not a war monger but I am tired of this government turning this country into a pinada where from Israel to Syria to Russia to Iran and Cyprus to Armenia to PKK, every two-bit player kicks us around without any consequences and response. Words go only so far. Enough is enough.

Red Tail

8/23/2012 3:38:09 PM

We need to try other methods. We have seen this now for 30 years and lately it has increased. We need more than statements of the types "We are united" or "We are strong", we simply need to approach this in new different ways. We are all getting tired violence.

Recep Ozel

8/23/2012 12:20:50 PM

Turkish people have been standing together against terror for more than 30 years. We are strong and ready. The problem is that the level of terror is becoming pretty high and after 30 years we seem more helpless than ever. At least the politicians can meet at funerals even if they can't meet in Parliament to sort it out!

ilker avni

8/23/2012 7:40:28 AM

@ Mark Tak Their is allso a old saying "when the going gets tough,the tough gets going"No terroists can break the will of the Turkish people.The President is right,Turkish people unity will stay strong,for every person they murder Turkey will kill hundreds of these ragtag so called terroists and those who support these cowards, who kill women and children.Turkey needs to find the source where? these bombs comes from,who is supplying the pkk with materials to make the bombs,could it be Iran.?

Ismail Hijazi

8/23/2012 4:31:28 AM

Mark Talk it seems you don't watch the news or can't understand what you see. The criminal gang of awaits occupying Syria is the one destroying people's life's in Syria. Turkey with it historical traditions of aiding oppressed people's is doing what it can to help the sufering people of Syria. The Syrians themselves say that Turkey is not doing enough to stop the Assad gangsters.

Mark Tak

8/23/2012 1:15:08 AM

Old American saying goes like this, "People who live in Glass houses do not cast stones" these two duo Mr Erdogan and Mr Gul opened can of worms now it is spreading all over Turkey, is an other American saying,who is plan is working perfectly, all that unrest killing and distubing peoples lives with Turkish blessing in Syria will come and hunt Turkey, and these two soon be lke Mubarik of Egypt, toss a side doen with after they finish Turkey that is
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