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Bomb kills 14 Turkish police officers

Tuesday, September 08, 2015 - 01:13

At least fourteen Turkish policemen die in a bomb attack thought to have been planned and carried out by Kurdish militants in the country's eastern border province of Igdir. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Turkey's military is scouring an eastern border province, in search of those responsible for the deadly car bombing. At least 14 police officers were killed in the attack. The government is blaming militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party who, it says, are launching daily assaults on soldiers and police. The attack comes after Turkish planes struck PKK targets overnight in Iraq. In Ankara, President Tayyip Erdogan told a crowd the PKK had suffered great damage. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT TAYYIP ERDOGAN SPEAKING: "The recent developments are a result of the ensuing panic. The losses inflicted on the organization by (Turkish military) operations can be expressed in the thousands. And we are working against the structures of the group inside our borders." The renewed conflict has shattered a peace process launched by Erdogan in 2012. The PKK wants self-determination for Kurds inside Turkey... but as the insurgency intensifies, the chances for peace seem ever more remote.

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Bomb kills 14 Turkish police officers

Tuesday, September 08, 2015 - 01:13