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Turkey arrests suspects in Istanbul bombings

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The Turkish government says Kurdish guerillas were behind last week’s bombings in Istanbul. Seventeen people died and around 150 more were injured, when two bombs exploded in a crowded pedestrian street in a popular neighbourhood.

Eight suspects are in custody, charged with membership of the PKK – the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Prosecutors are preparing the indictment related to the attacks.

The PKK has denied responsibility for the blasts.

But Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the incident was the cost of stepping up a military crackdown against the guerilla, inside Turkey and in northern Iraq, where they take refuge.

Around forty thousand people have been killed since the PKK began its campaign for a homeland in 1984.