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Turkey issues arrest warrant for head of Syrian Kurdish party

Turkey issues arrest warrant for head of Syrian Kurdish partyAn Ankara court issued arrest warrants for 48 members of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), including several senior figures, over a terrorist attack in Ankara this February that killed 29 people, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.

The court is seeking the arrest of Remzi Kartal and Zubeyir Aydar, said to be senior members of the PKK in Europe, over the attack, said a source in the judiciary.

The source added that the court also issued arrest warrants for senior PKK terrorist figures such as Murat Karayilan, Cemil Bayik, and Fehman Huseyin, as well as Salih Muslim, the leader of the PYD, the PKK's Syrian affiliate.

The deadly February 17 blast took place during evening rush hour, near both the Turkish General Staff and parliament buildings in the Turkish capital.

The attack killed 29 people, and 15 suspects were later arrested in connection with the attack.

The PKK is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict since it began in 1984.
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