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Davutoglu visits the injured from deadly blasts

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 00:55

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu meets with the wounded after at least 86 people were killed when two suspected suicide bombers attacked a rally of pro-Kurdish and labor activists outside Ankara's main train station just weeks before elections. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his wife Sare Davutoglu on Saturday (October 10) paid a visit to a hospital where hundreds of wounded demonstrators were being treated, after two suspected suicide bombers struck a rally of pro-Kurdish and labor activists outside Ankara's main train station. The attack killed 86 people and injured 186 injured more just weeks before elections, in the worst attack of its kind on Turkish soil. There were no claims of responsibility for the attack, which comes as external threats mount for NATO member Turkey, with increased fighting across its border with Syria and incursions by Russian warplanes on its air space over the last week. But Davutoglu, exposing a mosaic of domestic political perils, said Islamic State, Kurdish or far-leftist militants could have carried out the bombing. He said there were strong signs two suicide bombers were responsible. HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas blamed the government in blunt terms. He said the attack was part of the same campaign as the bombing of an HDP rally in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on the eve of June elections and a suicide bombing blamed on Islamic State in Suruc near the Syrian border in July, which killed 33 mostly young pro-Kurdish activists The HDP argues that President Tayyip Erdogan seeks to undermine its support and increase backing for his AK Party in elections due on Nov. 1 by associating it with PKK violence and factional infighting, a link the party denies strongly.

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Davutoglu visits the injured from deadly blasts

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 00:55