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Terror Group Kurdish Freedom Falcons (TAK) Claims Responsibility For Istanbul Football Stadium Attack

The Turkey-based Kurdish militant group Kurdish Freedom Falcons (TAK), has claimed responsibility for the terror attacks outside the Besiktas football stadium in the heart of Turkey’s biggest city, Istanbul, that killed 38 people including 30 police officers, and injured 166 late on Saturday evening.

Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) is a break-away faction of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)

According to a statement published on the group’s website, TAK, or the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, have claimed responsibility for the deadly attack in Istanbul. The statement called the attack an “act of vengeance.”

“Two of our comrades were heroically martyred in the attack” – this statement appeared on the TAK website, according to SITE Intel Group, a website which monitors terror groups and activity of jihadists across the world. TAK seeks revenge for violence in Turkey’s southeast and the ongoing imprisonment of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

Rita Katz, Director of SITE Intelligence Group, put out the statements on micro-blogging site Twitter as well.

TAK also claimed responsibility for a terror attack last year at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport.

TAK also claimed responsibility for a terror attack last year at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport.

The terrorist group, which is a break-away faction of the PKK, stated that two of its members committed the attack.The TAK is an extremist terrorist group that broke off from the PKK. The terrorist group claimed responsibility for a terror attack in 2015 at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. While the terrorist group operates separately from the PKK, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said that there are signs that the deadly terror attack was carried out by the PKK.

Istanbul Football Stadium Blast By Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK)

Riot Police arrive at the site of an explosion in central Istanbul, Turkey


The explosions took place two hours after a match between two of Turkey’s leading football clubs, Besiktas and Bursaspor, at the Vodafone Arena – home of the Besiktas football club. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said at a press conference in Istanbul that a moving car was detonated targeting riot police on duty near a stadium in the district of Besiktas, where a football match ended about one and half an hour before.

Of the 38 dead, 30 were police officers who had been near the site of the blast at the Besiktas Stadium

Of the 38 dead, 30 were police officers who had been near the site of the blast at the Besiktas Stadium


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Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said the blast happened soon after the fans left the stadium.

Istanbul Football Stadium Blast By Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK)

Saturday’s attacks took place near the Vodafone Arena, home to Istanbul’s Besiktas soccer team, about two hours after a match at the stadium and appeared to target police officers.


Forty-five seconds later, a man blew himself up in Macka Park just across the stadium, Soylu said, noting that about 10 suspects have been detained. The explosions were so powerful that they could be heard on both sides of the Bosphorus, a strait that divides the metropolis into two parts, press reports said.

Of the 38 dead, 30 were police officers who had been near the site of the blast at the Besiktas Stadium

Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK) Has claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attacks that took place near the Vodafone Arena, home to Istanbul’s Besiktas soccer team, about two hours after a match at the stadium and appeared to target police officers.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Sunday that the government would continue its fight against terrorism “until the end.”

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