WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) — The United States on Wednesday strongly condemned the terror attacks in southeastern Turkey and reaffirmed its commitment to supporting its ally in the fight against terrorism.
Six people were killed and 54 others wounded on Wednesday in two separate attacks staged by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party in southeastern Turkey, local media reported.
"The United States condemns in the strongest terms today's terrorist attacks in southeastern Turkey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of those killed, and we wish a speedy recovery to those injured," National Security Council spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.
"We remain steadfast in our support for Turkey, our NATO ally and partner, which has suffered from several recent terrorist attacks, as well as a violent coup attempt on July 15," Price said.
The failed military coup has chilled relations between Turkey and the United States as Ankara blamed Washington for being behind it.
At the same time, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter also condemned the attacks, which he said appeared to have targeted Turkish security personnel.
The U.S. swift reaction to these terror attacks in Turkey apparently aims to repair its strained ties with Ankara, a major NATO ally and major part of the U.S.-led coalition in fighting the Islamic State terrorist group, media reports said.