Unrest in Turkey Grows as Women Suicide Bombers Hit Turkish Mosque

ISTANBUL (Reuters/Turkish Daily News)–Two women blew themselves up at a mosque in Turkey’s Black Sea city Ordu on Friday–leaving one bomber dead and the other injured–reported CNN Turk.

Police in Ordu were not immediately available for comment. In a separate incident–a bomb exploded in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast.

After a week of street clashes between police and Kurdish protesters–a bomb ripped through the Istanbul offices of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Wednesday–injuring two people.

That blast came five days after another bomb attack in Turkey’s largest city which killed one person and was blamed on Kurdish militants.

The Turkish government pledged to fight the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)–but said this would be done without sacrificing the reforms carried out in recent years as a part of Turkey’s bid to join the European Union.

Meanwhile the 25-nation bloc urged Turkish authorities to investigate the recent violence that has left 16 people dead over the last nine days.

The EU said Turkey must promote the rights of all its citizens as stipulated in an agreement and added that the issue would be raised as part of regular EU monitoring of Turkey’s progress towards EU membership.

"Turkey’s democratic standards will increase and strengthen; there is no question of retreating from democratic steps taken," Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said. But he also promised a "more effective struggle against terrorism."

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan–however–rejected criticism that an excessive use of force was to blame for the loss of life during street protests last week.

"Our security forces have displayed an attitude of tolerance unseen in other countries at the risk of being wounded or killed," he told reporters. "No one can level such accusations against them–and we will not bother to respond to them each and every time."

Land Forces Commander General Buyukanyt vowed that "traitors" would get the right punishment while attending a funeral in Ankara’s Haymana district for one of the soldiers killed in a PKK ambush in the southeast of the country.

In Mersin–10,000 angry mourners gathered for a funeral ceremony of another security forces member who perished in the same ambush and carried a 250-meter-long Turkish flag through the streets–chanting anti-PKK slogans.


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