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Kurdish protesters clash with police in southeast Turkey

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 00:45

Kurdish protesters clash with police in southeast Turkey over the twin bomb attacks that killed 97 people. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Kurdish protesters clashed with police in Diyarbakir, the largest city in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey, on Monday (October 12) over suicide bombings that killed at least 97 people in Ankara on Saturday (October 12). Turkish police used tear gas and water cannons against the protesters who retaliated, some hurling pavement stones at them. Turkey's government said on Monday Islamic State was the prime suspect in suicide bombings that killed at least 97 people in Ankara, but opponents vented anger at President Tayyip Erdogan at funerals, universities and courthouses. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday's attack, the worst of its kind on Turkish soil, was intended to influence the outcome of November polls Erdogan hopes will restore a majority the ruling AK party lost in June. Officials say there is no question of postponing the vote. Two bombs struck seconds apart, targeting a rally of pro-Kurdish activists and civic groups near Ankara's main train station. Turkey is vulnerable to infiltration by Islamic State, which holds swathes of Syrian land abutting Turkey where some two million refugees live. But there has been no word from the group - usually swift to publicly claim responsibility for any attack it conducts - over the Ankara bombing or two very similar incidents earlier this year.

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Kurdish protesters clash with police in southeast Turkey

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 00:45