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Turkey in day of mourning

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 00:42

Turkey declares a day of national mourning for victims of Saturday night's double bombing in Istanbul.

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Turkey said on Sunday that Kurdish militants may be responsible for the two bombs that killed at least 38 people and wounded 166 in an apparent coordinated attack on police outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul after a match between two top teams. The blasts on Saturday night - a car bomb outside the Vodafone Arena home to Istanbul's Besiktas soccer team followed by a suicide bomb attack in an adjacent park less than a minute later - shook a soccer-mad nation still trying to recover from a series of deadly bombing this year in cities including Istanbul and the capital Ankara. Flags were to be flown at half mast and Sunday was declared a day of national mourning, the prime minister's office said in a statement. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said that early indications pointed to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has carried out a three-decade armed insurgency, mainly in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast. He said 10 people had been detained so far, he said. He added that Turkey's allies should show solidarity with it in the fight against terrorism, a reference to the long-standing disagreement with fellow NATO member Washington over Syria policy. The United States backs the Syrian Kurdish YPG in the fight against Islamic State. Turkey says that the militia is an extension of the PKK and a terrorist group. President Tayyip Erdogan cancelled a planned trip to Kazakhstan, his office said. Erdogan described the blasts as a terrorist attack on police and civilians. He said the aim of the bombings, two hours after the end of a match attended by thousands of people, had been to cause the maximum number of casualties.

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Turkey in day of mourning

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 00:42