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Turkish PM blames Ankara bombing on Islamic State

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The Islamic State (IS) group is the prime suspect in the Ankara bombings that killed nearly 100 on Saturday, Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu has said.


No group has said it carried out the attack, but the government believes that two male suicide bombers caused the explosions. The official death toll is 97, but one of the main groups at the march put the toll at 128.

The funerals of more of the victims are taking place on Monday. Saturday’s explosions ripped through a crowd of activists gathering outside the main railway station in the Turkish capital. They were due to take part in a rally calling for an end to the violence between Turkish government forces and the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Speaking on Turkish television, Mr Davutoglu said the bombings were an attempt to influence the forthcoming elections, due to take place on 1 November after a vote in June left no party able to form a government.

Many of the victims were activists of the pro-Kurdish HDP party, which says it is now considering cancelling all election rallies.

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