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13 off-duty soldiers killed by car bomb
A suicide car bomb in central Tur-
key has killed 13 soldiers aboard a
bus and wounded 56 more.
The blast destroyed the bus carrying
soldiers visiting a local market in the
city of Kayseri.
An army spokesman said civilians
may also have been injured.
No group has admitted carrying out
the attack, but Turkish officials said
it bears the hallmarks of the outlawed
Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
It comes a week after 44 people were
killed in a PKK attack in Istanbul.
Regional governor Suleyman Kamci
said the blast in Kayseri, a usually calm
industrial hub in Central Anatolia, was
carried out by a suicide bomber parked
next to the bus near the entrance to Erci-
yes University. The soldiers were said to
be on leave from a nearby military base.
Seven people have been arrested in
connection with the blast.
Images from the scene showed the bus
reduced to a smouldering wreck with a
massive hole punched in one side.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nu-
man Kurtulmu said the materials used
were similar to those used in Istanbul.
"All indications at present point to
the PKK," he said.
President Tayyip Erdogan said that
Kurdish militants were attempting to
"trip up Turkey, cut its strength and
have it focus its energy and forces
Turkey has suffered a series of fatal
bombings in 2016 at the hands of both
the Kurdish militants and jihadists.
It is now a depressingly familiar cycle
for this country: A bombing, followed
by promises from the government to
eradicate terror and then reprisal at-
tacks against the PKK.
And yet the attacks keep coming -
and Turkey keeps grieving. The con-
demnation after the violence seems
But in a country of 80 million people,
which borders Iraq and Syria and which
has faced a decades-long Kurdish in-
surgency, only better intelligence can
really stem this tide.
Turkey's intelligence agency is pow-
erful - and reinforced by its counter-
parts like the American FBI and the
British MI6, which have representatives
here. But there are clearly holes that are
allowing attackers to slip through the
net. And Turkey is paying a heavy price
for the failings.
Later on Saturday, a crowd stormed
the Kayseri offices of the pro-Kurd-
ish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP),
parliament's second-largest opposition
party. The HDP condemned the bomb-
ing in the city and called for an end to
"the politics, tone and language that
creates tension, polarization, hostility,
chaos and conflict"
The government imposed a tempo-
rary black-out on media coverage in the
wake of the Kayseri blast.
An instruction from the prime min-
ister's office urged the media to refrain
from publishing anything that may
cause "fear in the public, panic and dis-
order and which may serve the aims of
, the Associated
Press reported. BBC
Australians roll down lawns of Parliament
House to protest against fence
Hundreds of Australians have
gathered to roll on the lawns of
Parliament House in Canberra,
in protest against plans to build a
security fence there.
Under new anti-terror measures,
a 2.6-metre barrier could soon block
public access to the much-loved grassy
The mass tumble took place yester-
day morning, after news of the event
spread on Facebook.
Lester Yao, who organised it, said he
felt the architect had wanted the public
to enjoy the grounds freely.
While he had originally planned the
roll as a gathering of family and friends,
he was delighted when almost 3,000
people expressed interest in the unique
protest via Facebook.
Explaining the event, he wrote: "It's
a story I hear often from people that
live in Canberra or visit Canberra and
the Parliament House. They walk up
that beautiful green lawn and see the
amazing view of Canberra, then they
fall to their knees and roll down the hill.
"This simple fun action embodies
a very simple yet powerful symbol of
democracy. That the citizens can walk
up and over their elected government.
"At least that's what I believe the
architect behind the design of the
Parliament House intended." ---BBC
Australians of all ages gathered to join the free-spirited "rolling protest."
The bus seen at the scene in Turkey.
Turkish bus attack:
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