15:04 GMT15 May 2021
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    Syrian Kurds refute accusations made by the Turkish leadership regarding the recent terrorist attack in Ankara.

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu claimed that the perpetrator of the recent terrorist attack in Ankara which claimed the lives of 28 people was a man named Salih Neccar, a native of the town of Amuda located in the Syrian province of Al Hasakah – an area predominantly populated by Syrian Kurds.

    However, following Davutoglu's statements the representatives of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) conducted their own investigation into the suspect’s identity, and the facts they’ve uncovered may not be to the prime minister's liking.

    "The investigation revealed that no one bearing the family name of Neccar lives or ever lived in Amuda," Hakem Xalo, PYD representative and co-chairman of the legislative council of Syria's Jazira Canton, told Sputnik. "Furthermore, no one bearing this name has ever joined the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Amuda. We've interviewed the people living there and no one knew a man named Salih Neccar. It is a small town, and the residents know each other."

    Xalo said that the Syrian Kurds reject accusations made by the Turkish prime minister and suggested that Salih Neccar, assuming that he actually existed, could’ve been a member of Daesh or Jabhat an-Nusra.

    "Neither YPG nor PYD bear any responsibility for the terrorist attack in Ankara nor other similar attacks in Turkey. We defend our people from Daesh and other terrorist groups that threaten our land. By claiming that PYD is responsible for the explosions in Turkey, Ankara merely wants to create an excuse for the invasion of Rojava (a region of Syria located near the border with Turkey and populated predominantly by Kurds), nothing more," Xalo explained.

    Several notable experts have also warned that the terrorist attack in Ankara looks like a 'false flag operation' which may be used by Turkish leadership as a pretext for a large scale land invasion of northern Syria.

    The bombing was carried out on February 17, at a busy crossroad in central Ankara near the country's parliament building at 16:30 GMT. At least 28 people were killed and over 60 were injured by the explosion.


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