Turkey mourns dozens of deadly blast victims
11 October 201520:52 GMT
Hundreds of people have gathered in Ankara to take part in a ‘Labor, Peace, Democracy’ rally. The rally was initially scheduled to take place on Saturday, however the event was scuttled by a double bomb attack.
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Thousands of people gathered on the streets of Ankara on Sunday to mourn the victims of the bombings. The video shows people transporting the body of one of the victims, 30-year-old Korkmaz Tedik, to a burial site on the outskirts of the Turkish capital.
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Dozens of Kurdish protesters and pro-Kurdish activists rallied in front of Dresden's opera house on Sunday to pay tribute to the victims of the twin bombings in Ankara.
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Islamic State could be responsible for the Ankara terror attacks, according to two top Turkish security sources, as quoted by Reuters.
"This attack was in the style of Suruc and all the signs are that it was a copy of that attack ... the signs point to ISIL [Islamic State]," the source said on condition of anonymity.
"All signs indicate that the attack may have been carried out by ISIL. We are completely focused on ISIL," the second source told Reuters.
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The death toll from Saturday’s attacks has reportedly climbed, with 120 bodies identified and eight still unidentified, according to the Turkish HDP party, as quoted by Reuters.
There’s been no official confirmation of the casualty count.
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Turkey is set to go ahead with its November 1 parliamentary elections despite the deadly attacks on Saturday.
"Postponing the elections as a result of the attack is not on the table at all, even as an option. The elections will be held on Nov. 1 as planned," a top government official told Reuters.
"Because of the rising risks, the security at election rallies, which is already being increased, will be raised further. The election will be held in a secure way," the official added.
- 09:49 GMT
Turkey has launched airstrikes against the camps of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the southeast of the country, as well as in the Metina and Zap areas of northern Iraq.
A total of 14 militants were killed in southeast Turkey, the military statement said, as quoted by Reuters.
The airstrikes come a day after the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) declared a “state of inactivity,” promising to halt all attacks ahead of Turkey’s elections in November.
“Heeding calls from Turkey and abroad, our movement has decided on a state of inactivity by our guerillas, unless our people and our guerilla forces are attacked,” the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella movement that includes the PKK, said in a statement.