The Turkish Prime Minister has called for unity as the first victims of the Istanbul bomb attack were buried. Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined mourners at an emotional funeral service. Seventeen people died and more than 150 were wounded in the attack, in a largely-working class part of the city. Five of the victims were children.
The Prime Minister is popular in the area, and Erdogan received a warm welcome from local people shocked by the violence.
“Today is a day for unity, a day for coming together,” he said. “We will be successful if we stand together against terror, as we push the terrorists to the sidelines.”
Police said one bomb created panic on the streets, then a second device exploded a few minutes later.
It is not known who is behind the attack, but the finger of blame is pointing at the Kurdish separatist group, the PKK. However, its dispute is with the Turkish state, and it has rarely targetted civilians. Pro-PKK websites denounced the attack, and denied the group was involved.
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