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Turkey in shock after third fatal bomb attack in five months

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Turkey in shock after third fatal bomb attack in five months

<p>Sunday’s carnage in Ankara is the third fatal bomb attack in the Turkish capital in five months. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">37 people killed in Ankara suicide attack, <span class="caps">PKK</span> main suspect <a href="https://t.co/v7onQZH8nM">https://t.co/v7onQZH8nM</a> <a href="https://t.co/avaAOBdZrv">pic.twitter.com/avaAOBdZrv</a></p>— Turkish Minute (@TurkishMinuteTM) <a href="https://twitter.com/TurkishMinuteTM/status/709394870859919361">March 14, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>It comes as the administrative heart of the state is functioning under intense security. </p> <p>In October last year at least 95 people were killed and hundreds injured by twin explosions at a peace rally outside Ankara’s main train station.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Turkish Bomb Blasts: More Than 80 People Dead In Terror Attack At Ankara Train Station <a href="http://t.co/85zY3bLsyJ">http://t.co/85zY3bLsyJ</a> <a href="http://t.co/KqievkxQKQ">pic.twitter.com/KqievkxQKQ</a></p>— Terrorism Updates (@terrorism_info) <a href="https://twitter.com/terrorism_info/status/652971534546534400">October 10, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>In February 28 people were killed with 61 wounded as a vehicle packed with explosives was detonated as a military bus convoy passed by.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Deadly explosion targets <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Turkey?src=hash">#Turkey</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/military?src=hash">#military</a> personnel in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ankara?src=hash">#Ankara</a><a href="https://t.co/xcldgBW2yu">https://t.co/xcldgBW2yu</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Turkish?src=hash">#Turkish</a> <a href="https://t.co/tYcuqfPFTx">pic.twitter.com/tYcuqfPFTx</a></p>— The Arab Weekly (@ArabWeekly) <a href="https://twitter.com/ArabWeekly/status/700247017503748096">February 18, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The explosion happened close to the parliament and military headquarters. </p> <p>Turkey blames the latest bloodshed on the Kurdistan Workers Party(<span class="caps">PKK</span>).</p> <p>In response Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish militant camps in northern Iraq.</p> <p>Unrest and violence in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast has grown alarmingly since the 2-1/2 year truce between the Turkish State and the <span class="caps">PKK</span> collapsed last July.</p> <p>Turkey imposed a round-the-clock curfew in three southeastern towns to allow the military to conduct operations against suspected Kurdish militants. </p> <p>Ankara believes the violence is connected to the war in Syria where Kurdish militia gains against <span class="caps">ISIL</span> are stoking Kurdish separatist ambitions in Turkey. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Co-chair Selahattin <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Demirta%C5%9F?src=hash">#Demirtaş</a>: It is the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Kurds?src=hash">#Kurds</a>', and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Turkey?src=hash">#Turkey</a>’s, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Democracy?src=hash">#Democracy</a> at Stake<a href="https://t.co/wtHpueQ4EJ">https://t.co/wtHpueQ4EJ</a> <a href="https://t.co/tvaAIWHUhI">pic.twitter.com/tvaAIWHUhI</a></p>— <span class="caps">HDP</span> English (@HDPenglish) <a href="https://twitter.com/HDPenglish/status/708200460369285121">March 11, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The leader of the Kurdish <span class="caps">HDP</span> Selahattin Demirtas offers a different interpretation:“These are ferocious attacks. They are not targeting terrorists. They are killing people. This is state terrorism.” </p> <p>The two sides are dangerously divided as demonstrated by Turkish Prime Minster Ahmet Davutoglu: “They don’t want to have peace. On the contrary, they want to drag Turkey into chaos by cooperating with terrorists. We will not allow that.” </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Turkish prime minister says no bargaining on new constitution <a href="https://t.co/uQcrO12jny">https://t.co/uQcrO12jny</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Turkey?src=hash">#Turkey</a> <a href="https://t.co/ylBjccZhjT">pic.twitter.com/ylBjccZhjT</a></p>— Al-Masdar News (@TheArabSource) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheArabSource/status/706756033213927424">March 7, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>As the security risks rocket in Turkey the situation is of growing concern for the United States.</p> <p>Washington considers the <span class="caps">PKK</span> to be a terrorist organisation, yet perceives the Syrian Kurds as important allies in the battle against <span class="caps">ISIL</span> providing the peshmerga with air support in the war against militants.</p> <p>The deteriorating situation is placing an unbearable strain on the already sensitive and complex alliances and relationships in the region.</p>