Turks Finger Kurds Over Bombing

Iraq-based separatist group blamed, boosting tensions
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2007 5:51 AM CDT
Turks Finger Kurds Over Bombing
A Turkish woman looks out of a broken window while people clean debris and prepare to restart their normal life, the day after a powerful explosion killed six people and injured more than 100 others during a busy rush hour in Turkish capital of Ankara, Wednesday, May 23, 2007. Shopkeepers hung Turkish...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Turkish authorities identified the suicide bomber in Tuesday's Ankara bombing yesterday, and pointed the finger at the PKK, a Kurdish separatist group headquartered in northern iraq. The Financial Times reports  the bombing  has renewed calls for Turkey to attack guerrilla bases in Kurdistan, a move which would have serious repercussions for US relations.

Tuesday's bombing, the deadliest in the Turkish capital for over a decade, comes at an already tense time for Turkey, as it prepares for a general election in July that is pitting religious elements against secularists. (Read more Turkey stories.)

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