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Violence in Turkey claims more lives

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The death toll has risen in an outbreak of violence in Turkey. Three people were killed in Istanbul on Sunday after a petrol bomb was thrown at a bus by pro-Kurdish protesters in the Bagcilar suburb. The victims were reportedly run over as the driver tried to maneouvre the vehicle to avoid the rioters. The rioting broke out last week following the funerals of 14 suspected Kurdish militants who were killed in clashes with the army.

The continuing violence in southeast Turkey has so far claimed the lives of a further 12 people. Commentators say it reflects local anger over high unemployment, poverty and the government’s reluctance to grant more autonomy to the mainly Kurdish region. Meanwhile a Kurdish man died after police fired shots in the air to disperse a crowd in the southern town of Kiziltepe. The victim was among the protesters. A special session of the Turkish parliament has been called for Tuesday.