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Turkey brings back 2016 terror attack culprit from Iraq

PKK terrorist was one of perpetrators of suicide car bomb attack targeting soldiers on weekend leave in central Kayseri

Zafer Fatih Beyaz   | 23.10.2020
Turkey brings back 2016 terror attack culprit from Iraq

ANKARA

A PKK terrorist, one of the perpetrators of a 2016 deadly terror attack in central Turkey, has been brought back to the country from Iraq in an operation by Turkish intelligence.

According to the information obtained by Anadolu Agency on Friday, Ferhat Tekiner, codenamed Firat/Botan, was nabbed in northern Iraq in the operation which the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) conducted in cooperation with the police.

Tekiner, who was sought under an arrest warrant, was brought to Turkey.

On Dec. 17, 2016, a suicide car bomb attack hit a public bus carrying soldiers on weekly off in the central Kayseri province, martyring 15 officers and wounding 54 others.

Tekiner was the terrorist who delivered the vehicle he stole to Kenan Cicek, codenamed Kendal/Deniz, perpetrator of the attack.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.

* Writing by Sena Guler

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