German experts say Turkey using chemical weapons

German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that show Kurdistan Workers' Party fighters killed in Turkey by chemical weapons.

The photographs, reports, were published in the German magazine Der Spiegel earlier this week. They were given to a German human rights delegation by activists in March, according to the report. The photographs depicted scorched and maimed body parts that were barely recognizable as human.

Hans Bauman, a German photo forgery expert, confirmed the authenticity of the photos, reports. The eight dead PKK fighters are believed to have been killed in September of 2009. A forensics report released by the Hamburg University Hospital concluded that the eight Kurds were likely killed due to the use of chemical weapons.

Turkey has been suspected of using chemical weapons against Kurdish rebels for some time. The existence of these photos has now placed increasing pressure on Turkey to offer explanations, according to the report.

Claudia Roth, co-chair of Germany's Green Party, is among those who wants to place pressure on Turkey to answer for the photographs.

“The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things,” Roth told “It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal.”

Roth also demanded Turkey issue an official statement on the possible use of chemical weapons.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry, however, has denied its activity in the attack, telling media it is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention and that its armed forces do not possess any biological or chemical weapons.

The United States recently announced that it has sided with Turkey and that it regards the PKK as a terrorist group.

“We stand ready to review urgently any new requests from the Turkish military or government regarding the PKK,” Ambassador James Jeffrey said in a statement at the end of June. “The PKK is a common enemy of both Turkey and the U.S. and we actively support the efforts of our Turkish allies to defeat this terrorist threat.”