Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Kurdish group claims it caused huge Istanbul airport fire

A radical Kurdish group said it was responsible for a fire at the cargo section of Istanbul's Ataturk airport, the hub of international air travel in Turkey, which slightly injured three people and caused delays in air traffic.

The claim, which could not be confirmed, was made by a group calling itself the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) in a message to Firat, a pro-Kurdish news agency based in Europe. The Turkish authorities have identified an electrical short circuit as the probable cause of the blaze.

"The sabotage is a response to the policies of massacre followed by the Turkish state towards the Kurds," the message said. It added that its actions would continue "as long as the extermination policies of the Turkish state against the Kurds are in force."

The Turkish government says the TAK is an offshoot of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) regarded as a terrorist organisation by the United States and the European Union.

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