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Turkey asks Germany to find culprits of mosque attacks

TURKEY ASKS GERMANY TO FIND CULPRITS OF MOSQUE ATTACKS

Ankara expects Berlin to find perpetrators of recent attacks on Turkish mosques in Germany, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Sunday.

Two Turkish mosques, one in Berlin and another in Lauffen am Neckar town, were attacked in the last few days.

The attack in Lauffen am Neckar on Friday was claimed by a PKK-linked group, but the perpetrators of the Berlin attack have not been found yet.

"We follow with concern the increasing attacks on Turkish mosques in Germany by racist, anti-Islam factions and PKK terrorist organization," the statement said.

The ministry warned there should be no tolerance for the PKK and urged German authorities to take steps to prevent similar attacks in the future.

PKK's statement that similar attacks will continue and the responsibility it claimed for the attack in Lauffen am Neckar, shows the real face of the terror organization, the ministry said.

More than 1,200 people, including security force personnel and civilians, have lost their lives since the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and EU -- resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July 2015.

Germany has a three million-strong Turkish community, many of whom are second- and third-generation German-born citizens of Turkish descent whose grandparents moved to the country during the 1960s.

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