Bombing Rocks Turkish Capital

Ankara attack may prompt move against Kurdish militants on Iraqi border
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2007 7:28 AM CDT

(Newser) – An explosion shocked the Turkish capital yesterday, killing six and injuring at least 100 in a busy marketplace. The bombing comes at a delicate time for the country, the New York Times observes, as Parliament clash with the governing party over the place of Islam in the secular democracy.

Officials haven't blamed anyone in the blast, but suspicion is centered on Kurdish separatists. Last month a top general hinted that Turkey might move a force into Iraq to mop up Kurdish militants suspect of violating the border. And the general was quick to suggest  a connection to the bombing: “You have to look at the institutions behind this terror organization,” he told the Times. (Read more Ankara stories.)

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