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Turkey mourns Ankara bomb victims, woman identified as attacker

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 01:12

Turkish security officials say one of two suspected perpetrators in a bomb blast that killed 37 people on Sunday was a female member of the outlawed PKK. The revelation comes as grieving families claim their loved ones at the morgue. Mana Rabiee reports.

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It was a grim morning in Ankara, as forensic teams combed through the site of Sunday's bomb blast that killed 37 people. The explosion tore through a crowded transportation hub in the administrative heart of the city -- the second such attack in under a month. Officials say one of the two suspected perpetrators was a female member of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party, or PKK, which is fighting the government for greater Kurdish autonomy in the country's southeast. Grieving relatives claimed the bodies of their loved ones -- some blaming Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan for allowing the violence with the PKK to escalate. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) UNCLE OF MEHMET EMRE CAKAR, ILYAS CAKAR, SAYING: "Let him come here, I will insult Tayyip Erdogan in the face... My nephew was 16. He was a young man who went out to have fun and we took his dead body last night." Deadly attacks like Sunday's over the past year have Turkey's NATO allies worried. They believe stability here is vital for containing violence in neighboring Syria and Iraq, and Erdogan is eager to dispel the idea that he's struggling to maintain security.

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Turkey mourns Ankara bomb victims, woman identified as attacker

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 01:12