At least 275 killed in ISIL, PKK terror attacks in Turkey in 2016
ISTANBULAt least 275 people have been killed and thousands wounded in major bomb attacks across Turkey staged by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) over the course of 2016.
The following is a list of the most deadly bomb attacks since July 20 last year, when ISIL staged its first major attack on civilians in Turkey.
Dec. 10, 2016: At least 41 people, seven of them civilians and 30 police officers, were killed, while 166 others were wounded when twin bombings struck outside Beşiktaş football club’s stadium in Istanbul.
Oct. 9, 2016: Ten soldiers and eight civilians were killed in a PKK suicide bomb attack targeting a military road checkpoint in the Şemdinli district of the eastern province of Hakkari.
Aug. 20, 2016: Some 57 people, 34 of them children, were killed in a bomb attack linked to ISIL on a wedding in the southeastern province of Gaziantep near the Syrian border.
June 28, 2016: At least 47 people were killed in a triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said all the evidence points to ISIL as the suspect.
June 7, 2016: At least seven police officers and four civilians were killed when a bomb ripped through a police vehicle near the historic center of Istanbul. The outlawed Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), a group linked to the PKK, claimed the attack.
May 12, 2016: A total of 16 civilians were killed when a bomb-laden truck owned by the PKK was detonated in the Dürümlü village of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.
March 19, 2016: Three Israelis and one Iranian were killed and dozens were injured in a suicide bombing targeting Istanbul’s retail and culture center İstiklal Avenue. Reports said it was an ISIL attack.
March 13, 2016: At least 37 people were killed and dozens wounded in a suicide car bomb attack in the capital Ankara. The TAK claimed responsibility for the attack.
Feb. 17, 2016: At least 29 were killed in a car bombing targeting military shuttle buses at a spot close to the General Staff HQ in Ankara. This attack was also claimed by TAK.
Jan. 12, 2016: Eleven German tourists were killed and another 16 people were wounded in a suicide attack by a Syrian bomber in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district, the ancient tourist heart of the city. Former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said the bomber belonged to ISIL.
Oct. 10, 2015: In the bloodiest single attack in Turkey’s history, at least 109 people were killed and more than 500 were wounded in twin suicide bombings targeting a peace rally in Ankara. The prime minister said ISIL was the suspect.
July 20, 2015: Thirty-four young activists were killed and about 100 were wounded in a suicide bombing in the southeastern town of Suruç near the border with Syria. Turkish officials blamed ISIL.