ISTANBUL - Turkey on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for the leader of the main Syrian Kurdish political party over a deadly bombing in Ankara in February blamed on Kurdish militants.

Arrest warrants were issued for the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) leader Salih Muslim as well as several fugitive leaders of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) over the February 17 bombing against military vehicles, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. Turkey had blamed the PYD and its military wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), for the attack which left at least 28 people dead and was followed by another devastating bombing in the capital in March. The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) — a radical splinter group of the better-known PKK — claimed the suicide bombing, saying that it was in response to security operations in the southeast. But Anadolu said that Ankara prosecutors believe that the order for the attack came from the PKK’s “highest leadership” and the TAK was merely a “front group” for the organisation. In his first reaction to the warrant, Muslim wrote on his official Twitter account that he did not take the order seriously.

“It’s known that Turkey is being ruled by decrees and a fabricated decree has been issued concerning me. I don’t think anyone will take it seriously,” he wrote in Turkish.

The warrant for Muslim came after Turkey earlier this month arrested 10 MPs from Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party on charges of links to the PKK, sparking international condemnation.