BİNGÖL - Anatolia News Agency
A victim of yesterday's suicide bombing in Turkey's southeast reportedly
jumped on the bomber before the blast, saving lives.
Hatice Belgin, mother of four, was shopping with three of her children when
she noticed the suicide bomber, according to witnesses.
"She sacrificed herself to save her kids," one witness said, noting that
Belgin saw the bomber trying to detonate the explosives she was wearing, and
jumped on her to protect her kids.
Development Minister Cevdet Yılmaz visited Belgin's three children in
hospital and said security personnel were investigating the blast and they did
not yet know if Belgin knocked the suicide bomber over on purpose or by
"Nevertheless, this lady has saved lots of people's lives," Yılmaz said.
A female suicide bomber, suspected to be a member of the outlawed Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK), detonated explosives strapped to her body on a busy main
street in the southeastern Bingöl province yesterday, killing herself, Hatice
Belgin and Mehmet Çibuk and injuring 21 people.
The assailant has yet to be identified.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States
and the European Union.