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Kurdish Militants Claim Responsibility for Western Turkey Mosque Bombing

© Photo : DHANear the Grand Mosque in Bursa explosion occurred
Near the Grand Mosque in Bursa explosion occurred - Sputnik International
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The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons militant group claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s mosque bombing in Turkey’s western Bursa city.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, a female suicide bomber blew herself up at the Grand Mosque in the western city of Bursa on Wednesday, injuring 13 people.

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In a statement published by the group on Sunday, it claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that the perpetrator blew herself up before reaching her target.

Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala said Thursday that 15 people were arrested in relation to the attack.

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Turkey has been hit by numerous terrorist attacks in recent months, with both Islamist and Kurdish militant groups allegedly responsible. The Kurds are Turkey's largest ethnic minority, comprising some 25 percent of the country's population.

Relations between Ankara and the Kurds, both inside the country and in neighboring Syria and Iraq, have been progressively worsening. Ankara has been carrying out a campaign against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which seeks to create a Kurdish state in parts of Turkey and Iraq.

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