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Turkey Bombs PKK After Ankara's Deadly Blasts as Unrest Persists

  • Bombings follow declaration of unilateral cease-fire by PKK
  • Turkey focus stays on Kurdish militants in terror offensive
People express their grief as they gather in Ankara on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, a day after the city was struck by deadly twin bomb attacks. Thousands of people took to the streets of Ankara to denounce the government and remember the 95 people killed in twin suspected suicide bombings on a peace rally, as Turkey mourned its worst ever attack.

People express their grief as they gather in Ankara on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, a day after the city was struck by deadly twin bomb attacks. Thousands of people took to the streets of Ankara to denounce the government and remember the 95 people killed in twin suspected suicide bombings on a peace rally, as Turkey mourned its worst ever attack.

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Turkey’s military said it killed dozens of Kurdish separatists hours after explosions in Ankara left at least 97 people dead, making good on the government’s vow to continue attacking the group even after it was reported to have declared a unilateral cease-fire.

Thirty-five members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, were killed when fighter jets targeted their bases in northern Iraq, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday. Another 14 died in airstrikes in Turkey’s largely Kurdish Diyarbakir province, the military said in a statement. Two soldiers and a policeman were killed in the operations, Hurriyet newspaper reported, while clashes broke out between police and protesters in Turkish cities.