Turkish leftist group retracts claim of responsibility for bomb attack

January 10, 2015 02:21

ISTANBUL - A far-left Turkish group on Friday retracted its claim of responsibility for a suicide bombing of a police station in central Istanbul this week.

A woman entered the police station in the historic Sultanahmet district on Tuesday, saying in English she had lost her purse, before throwing explosives and blowing herself up, killing a police officer and wounding another.

Hours after the attack a statement on the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) website said its fighters carried out the bombing.

But on Friday, the group withdrew its statement, saying it had made a mistake because it was actively planning its own attack which "coincided with the Sultanahmet incident." It did not give details about its planned attack.

"The action targeting the Istanbul Tourism Police in Sultanahmet on Jan. 6 was not carried out by our organization," the group said on its website. "That is why we are withdrawing our claim of responsibility."

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