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Turkish consulate in France attacked with Molotov cocktail

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
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This file photo dated March 20, 2016 shows a PKK tent erected in central Brussels during migration summit between Turkey and EU. (Takvim Photo)
This file photo dated March 20, 2016 shows a PKK tent erected in central Brussels during migration summit between Turkey and EU. (Takvim Photo)

Amid ongoing pro-PKK attacks targeting foreign missions of Turkey, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the Turkish consulate in the French city of Nantes on Saturday night by unknown assailants.

The attack, damaging the consulate building without causing any death or injury, happens amid waves of terrorist assaults against Turkey's foreign missions and diplomats across Western European countries.

French police continues its investigation to catch the aggressors. French media outlets report that many pro-PKK rallies have been organized across France in cities including Nantes, Rennes, Marseille and Paris over the past weeks.

PKK's propaganda rallies and meetings, as well as its financial activities are largely being tolerated by officials in various European countries, mainly due to a distorted view on the organization being promoted as one that promotes the rights of Kurds.

Recently, a Belgian court ruled that the PKK is continuing an 'armed struggle' and not terrorist activities in a scandalous verdict, defying the EU's recognition of PKK as a terrorist organization.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan slammed EU officials for their facilitating attitude towards the militants and supporters of the PKK on Sunday at a ceremony he attended in Istanbul. He also pointed to the increasing Western-made weaponry being seized in counter-terror operations against the group.

PKK – also listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and NATO – resumed its 30-year armed campaign in July 2015 after a two-year-long ceasefire period, and hundreds of members of the security forces and civilians have been killed in terrorist attacks ever since.

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