Turkish Interior Minister vows to ‘tear terrorists to ribbons’

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Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu levelled a bloodcurdling threat at those responsible for a bombing that killed five people in Kulp district of the southeastern Diyarbakır province on Wednesday, Hürriyet’s Abdulkadir Selvi said in his column.

“I called the district commander,” Soylu said. “And I ordered him to tear them to ribbons when he finds them.”

The minister added he would make an exception to the state’s standard practices upon killing those it deemed to be terrorists.

“Normally we avoid showing photographs of dead terrorists,” the state-run Anadolu news agency quoted Soylu as saying. “But when they die, we’ll share these with the public.”

The perpetrators of Wednesday’s bombing may have escaped the bloodthirsty fate Soylu had in mind for them, as security forces on Thursday apprehended five people connected to the attack, Anadolu reported.

The government blames the bombing on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has waged a decades-long armed struggle for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey. A similar blast in Kulp was also blamed on the group last September.

Turkey’s security forces have conducted 22,000 anti-terror operations since the beginning of the year, Soylu said on Thursday.

Ahval

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