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Blast heightens tension in Turkey ahead of vote

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Turkey is gripped by new security fears in the run-up to its general election following a bomb explosion that killed up to six people. Around 80 others were injured in the powerful blast outside a shopping mall in Ankara. It has been described as the worst bomb attack in the capital in at least a decade.

Visiting the scene Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described it as “a vicious, ruthless terror attack.”

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but a security source said suspicion was falling on Kurdish separatist rebels. Leftist militants, hardline Islamists and Kurdish militants have all launched bomb attacks in Turkey in the past. Analysts say the explosion is certain to raise tension ahead of July’s general election.