Turkey issues arrest warrant for Syrian Kurdish leader over alleged role in Ankara bombing

Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for a Kurdish leader of Syrian nationality over his alleged role in a bombing in Ankara earlier this year, state media reports.

A car bomb targeting military vehicles near parliament in the Kurdish capital on February 17 killed 30 people and left 81 injured.

Salih Muslim Mohammed, 65, is the co-chair of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), based in northern Syria, which declared its autonomy from the Syrian state shortly after the civil war began in 2011.

Turkey, which regards the allied PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) as a terrorist organisation, has arrested dozens of Turkish Kurdish politicians in recent months in connection with a recent spate of bombings or what it says are planned attacks against the state.

Mr Muslim Mohammed's name was among another 47 arrest warrants for PKK members announced on Tuesday.

Source: National News Agency