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“New scenario to cause chaos in Turkey with suicide bombers,” read the daily’s headline -- referring to the suicide bomber attack that claimed the lives of six people in Ankara on Tuesday. Three more potential suicide bombers have also been arrested in the Mediterranean city of Adana; they said they had planned to detonate their bombs simultaneously with that of the suicide bomber in Ankara. Adana Governor İlhan Atış, who congratulated the Adana police for arresting the suicide bombers, said investigations were under way in the arrest of another terrorist. Security measures have been upgraded across Turkey against a possible terrorist attack.
“We are not defeated, we are on our feet,” read the daily’s front page -- a banner hung by the salespeople in Ankara’s Ulus district. In the wake of the attack the salespeople cleaned the streets, repaired broken windows and eliminated all traces of the terrorist act. They hung Turkish flags from their windows and acted in solidarity to show the terrorists that they cannot demoralize the Turkish nation.
The daily ran a story about the lives of the six victims who were killed in a terrorist attack in Ankara on Tuesday with the headline “Half-lived lives.” All of the victims had a story; one was going to marry at the weekend, one would have soon left for military service, one was to get engaged; but the bomb in Ankara put an end to their lives. One of the unluckiest of the victims was Muzaffer Savaş, 26, set to marry at the weekend, who had gone to Ulus to buy himself a tuxedo. Now his fiancée is left with just his photos, the daily reported.
The daily reported the story of the mother of a victim in the Ankara attack who watched her son, İsa Kalkır, 19, being carried to an ambulance on TV. Ayşe Kalkır lives in the suburbs of Ankara with her four children. She was informed about the explosion in Ulus by a neighbor and immediately turned on the TV and saw her son being carried into an ambulance. She called him immediately, but there was no answer from his cell phone. She left the house and went to the hospital, where she then learnt about her son’s death.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that President Ahmet Necdet Sezer was intentionally delaying approval of the law allowing election of the president by people.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "our military troops are ready for a cross-border operation (in north of Iraq). If need arises, we take the necessary measures without any delay."
Terror destroyed six citizens that were struggling in the battle of life. Tuba's birthday was approaching. Muzaffer's wedding was tomorrow. Serdar was a street vendor. Serhat was about to get engaged. Bilal had three children. Isa was waiting to go for military service. Two suicide bombers were seized. Security forces trapped a PKK member, Ebru Kara, with 11 kilograms of A-4 explosives in a taxi in Adana. One PKK member who was waiting for receiving explosive substance, was arrested in Istanbul.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a tripartite combination of Turkey, USA and Iraq should find a solution to PKK. Erdogan said, "statements saying there is this or that behind terrorism, might block the process" referring to General Yasar Buyukanit's words that "we must look who is behind this" about the attack in Ulus.
28-year-old Guven Akkus, who carried out the bloody attack on one of Ankara's busiest shopping malls, was identified from his toe. Security forces collected three truckloads of evidence from scene of the attack. It was also revealed that the suicide bomber had spent two years in prison for being member of an illegal leftist organization.
Acting on a tip-off, security forces captured a woman who was carrying 11.3 kg of A-4 plastic explosives in her bag in the southern city of Adana. Governor Ilhan Atis said that the woman was planning to stage a suicide bomb attack.
Security forces arrested three people including a woman and seized 11.3 kg of plastic explosives, two grenades and 12 detonators in the southern city of Adana. Governor Ilhan Atis said that the woman was planning to stage a suicide bomb attack.
Tradesmen at the Anafartalar Shopping Mall, which was the scene of a bloody suicide attack on Tuesday, decorated the damaged mall with red-and-white Turkish flags. They also hung a large banner reading, "we are not ruined". Ankara Metropolitan Mayor Melih Gokcek said that they would compensate the damage suffered by tradesmen.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a televised interview, "if the constitutional amendment allowing election of the president by people, is enacted, our presidential candidate will be Abdullah Gul. I cannot digest the unfair treatment against Gul."
Erdogan signalled he could give consent to a cross-border operation to the north of Iraq to which he had been opposing in the past. Answering the questions at the evening news on ATV channel yesterday, Erdogan said, "we will do whatever it takes for peace in our country. A dispute between us and our army is out of the question." Erdogan indicated the parliament would give authorization if the armed forces demanded it for a cross-border operation and said, "there are some preparations towards that already. Besides there is sensitivity regarding this currently. This is the picture of the situation. Erdogan, when reminded of the USA said, "Turkey does not need to take permission from anywhere."
A suicide bomber named Guven Akkus executed the terrorist attack that killed 6 people in Ulus. The terrorist organization was planning a simultaneous attack in Istanbul. A woman who was sent to Istanbul for the attack had been taken into custody the day before. While four more people were taken into custody in Istanbul, a woman in the Yuregir district of Adana was caught with 11 kg of A-4 explosives.
The suicide bomber, who carried out Tuesday's attack on one of Ankara's busiest shopping malls, was identified as 28-year-old Guven Akkus. Akkus had two separate criminal records and spent two years in prison for hanging illegal posters, resisting police and being member of an illegal organization. He was also among those who beat a security official up during the protests in Istanbul on May 1st, 1996.
Following the suicide attack in Ankara in which 6 people were killed and nearly 100 others were injured, eyes have been turned to northern Iraq where the terrorist organization PKK has sheltered. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "this is the Republic of Turkey, not a tribe. There have already been some preparatory efforts. It takes place when the time comes." Erdogan said that there was not any difference of opinion between the government and the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).
After six people were killed and nearly 100 others were injured in the suicide attack in Ankara, security forces seized bombs and explosives in the southern city of Adana and the southeastern city of Mardin. It was revealed that the woman, who was captured with 11.3 kg of plastic explosives and grenades in her bag, was planning to stage another suicide attack.
Source: AA and Today's Zaman