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Two soldiers have been killed and four others injured in a car bomb attack on a military convoy in south-eastern Turkey, Turkish officials say.

The explosion late on July 25 happened in the town of Lice in Diyarbakir, the province governor’s office said.

The attack came after Turkey bombed Kurdish separatist camps in northern Iraq – the first such strikes since a peace process began in 2012.

No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack.

The Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) threatened to break off a two-year ceasefire following Saturday’s raids.Car bomb attack Diyarbakir

There has been a wave of unrest after a suicide bomb in Suruc, blamed on so-called ISIS killed 32 people – mainly university students planning to carry out aid work in Kobane, Syria.

It has included protests and confrontations with police in Ankara and Istanbul.

The PKK’s military wing killed two Turkish police officers on July 22, claiming they had collaborated with ISIS in the bombing in Suruc.

The US has called on both sides to avoid violence, but stressed that Turkey has the right to defend itself against attacks by Kurdish rebels.

The Turkish government has failed to stop ISIS, seeing the group as a useful tool against its Kurdish enemy, the PKK.

Sporadic attacks including one on a police station in Istanbul have raised the specter of a return to conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish separatists that blighted the country for 30 years and killed 40,000 people.


Turkey’s military has attacked ISIS positions in Syria and Kurdish PKK militants in northern Iraq to defend the country’s security, Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu announces.

Ahmet Davutoglu added that 590 suspected ISIS and PKK members had been arrested.

It follows a week which saw a bomb attack blamed on ISIS kill 32 people in the Turkish town of Suruc.

Subsequent clashes with ISIS militants on the Turkey-Syria border led to the death of a Turkish soldier.

The PKK’s military wing said it had killed two Turkish police officers on July 22, claiming they had collaborated with ISIS in the bombing in Suruc, which targeted left-wing activists.

A government statement on July 25 said the air force had hit PKK shelters, bunkers, storage facilities and other “logistic points” in northern Iraq, including the Qandil mountains where the PKK’s high command is based.Turkey attacks ISIS in Syria

It did not give details of what the jets had targeted in their attacks on ISIS in Syria.

Turkey’s military had also shelled Islamic State and PKK positions from across the Turkish border, the statement said.

Speaking to reporters on July 25, PM Ahmet Davutoglu said: “Unfortunately Turkey is surrounded by a ring of fire.

“In such an atmosphere, Turkey tries to keep her democracy and development alive… these operations have carried a message to the countries in the region and to international circles: whatever happens in Syria and Iraq, in our border regions, we will not allow them to threaten Turkey’s security and will not hesitate to take necessary measures.”

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said areas of northern Syria cleared of ISIS fighters would become natural “safe zones”.

Turkey has also said it will let the US use a key airbase to attack ISIS targets.

The group has been fighting Turkey for an autonomous homeland for the Kurds for decades.

In a statement on its website quoted by Reuters news agency, the PKK said: “The truce has no meaning any more after these intense air strikes by the occupant Turkish army.”

The Turkish government has faced criticism at home and abroad for not doing enough against ISIS, despite being part of the international coalition fighting it.

The first round of anti-ISIS air strikes on July 24 marked the first time Turkey had confirmed air strikes against targets in Syria since ISIS began its advance through Iraq and Syria in 2013.

The agreement to let the US use the Incirlik airbase, following months of negotiations, was made in a phone call between President Barack Obama and his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – but has yet to be approved by the Turkish cabinet.

The Turkish government could allow the US to step up air strikes against ISIS, as it is closer to northern Syria and Iraq than the Gulf, which currently serves as a launch-pad for bombing missions.

A Turkish soldier has been killed as Turkey’s military and ISIS fighters have exchanged fire over the Syrian-Turkish border.

The governor of Kilis province said another two soldiers were injured when a border post was attacked from Syria.

Turkey responded with heavy weapons, reportedly killing one ISIS militant.

It is the latest violence to hit Kurdish-dominated south-east Turkey, three days after 32 people were killed by a bomber linked to ISIS in Suruc.

Also on July 23, a Turkish traffic policeman was shot dead in the city of Diyarbakir. The officer and a colleague were attacked while attending a collision.

The second officer was badly injured. No group has yet said that it was behind the shooting of the officers.

“Unfortunately, one of our non-commissioned officers has been martyred and two sergeants injured,” Kilis Governor Suleyman Tapsiz told Turkey’s Anadolu news agency.

Suleyman Tapsiz added that the two wounded soldiers were in a stable condition.

In response, Turkish tanks opened fire on ISIS-controlled targets inside Syria, Turkish media report.Turkish soldier killed by ISIS at Syrian border

The two attacks on July 23 have added to the bloodshed in the area of Turkey nearest to ISIS-held territory.

On July 20, a suicide blast killed 32 people in the mainly Kurdish town of Suruc, near the Syrian border.

On July 22, two other policemen were shot dead in their home in Celanpinar, 100 miles from Suruc.

The military wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) said it was behind that attack.

They said it was revenge for the killings in Suruc, and said the men had collaborated with ISIS fighters.

On July 23, Turkish security forces arrested three people for killing the two men in Celanpinar, Anadolu said.

A 20-year-old Turkish student has been identified as the suicide bomber who killed the 32 youth activists in Suruc.

The attacker, named by local media as Seyh Abdurrahman Alagoz, was an ethnic Kurd from Turkey’s south-eastern province of Adiyaman and reportedly had links to ISIS militants.

Seyh Abdurrahman Alagoz’s mother told the newspaper Radikal that her son was a former student at Adiyaman university who had gone “abroad” six months ago with his brother.

“I don’t know what they were doing abroad, they never said. They were just telling me they were fine,” Semure Alagoz said.

A senior Turkish official told Reuters that he believed the bomber, who he did not name, had travelled to Syria last year with the help of a group linked to ISIS militants.

Many in Turkey feel the government has not done enough to support the Kurds in their fight to combat the threat of ISIS fighters across the border in Syria – something denied by Ankara.

On July 23, one ISIS fighter alleged to have crossed from Syria into Turkey was shot dead by the youth wing of the PKK in Istanbul.

The group said the man had travelled from Kobane to Istanbul for treatment seven months ago, and had been planning attacks in the city.


The suicide bomber who killed 32 youth activists in the Turkish town of Suruc has been identified, government officials say.

According to the DNA tests, the attacker was a 20-year-old Turkish student, named by local media as Seyh Abdurrahman Alagoz.

Seyh Abdurrahman Alagoz came from the south-eastern province of Adiyaman and was reportedly linked to ISIS militants.

Meanwhile, two Turkish police officers have been found dead in the town of Ceylanpinar near the Syrian border.

The officers were found with bullet wounds in the house they shared in the town, which is in the same province as Suruc.Seyh Abdurrahman Alagoz identified as Suruc attack bomber

The outlawed Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) has claimed responsibility for the killings, saying it was in revenge for the massacre in Suruc and accusing the police officers of collaborating with ISIS.

At least one of the officers worked for an anti-terrorism task force, the AA news agency said.

Regional governor Izzetin Kucuk earlier said it was not yet clear “if there is a terrorist link”.

The suicide bombing on July 20 claimed 32 lives and injured 100 others, making it one of the deadliest attacks in Turkey in recent years.

The activists were mainly university students, who were holding a news conference when an explosion ripped through the Amara Cultural Centre.

They had been planning to travel to Syria to help rebuild the town of Kobane. The youngest victim was Okan Pirinc, who was 18, according to the Turkish media.

Seyh Abdurrahman Alagoz’s mother told the newspaper Radikal, that her son had gone “abroad” six months ago and returned 10 days ago.

A senior Turkish official told Reuters that he believed the bomber, who he did not name, had travelled to Syria last year with the help of a group linked to ISIS militants.

There were rallies in cities across the country on July 21, with people condemning the attack and protesting at the government’s policies on Syria.

Many feel Ankara has not done enough to combat the threat of ISIS militants.

However, PM Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkish leaders were committed to beating the group.

In a tweet, using the Arabic acronym for ISIS, Ahmet Davutoglu said: “I declare it to our esteemed nation and the entire world once again: Daesh and similar terrorist organizations will never achieve their target.”

PM Ahmet Davutoglu is due to chair a cabinet meeting on July 22 aimed at improving security on Turkey’s border with Syria.

According toTurkey’s PM Ahmet Davutoglu, a suspect has been identified in the suicide bomb attack that killed 32 young activists in Suruc.

PM Ahmet Davutoglu, who is due to visit the scene of the blast in Suruc near the Syrian border, said the suspect’s international and domestic links were being investigated.

There was a “high probability” that ISIS was to blame, he added.

The Turkish government has now vowed to increase security at the Syrian border.

“What’s necessary will be done against whomever responsible for [the attack],” said Ahmet Davutoglu.

“This is an attack that targeted Turkey,” he added.Suruc attack suspect identified

Ahmet Davutoglu rejected claims that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) had not done enough to combat ISIS militants, saying the government had “never tolerated any terrorist group”.

A cabinet meeting on July 22 will examine additional security measures along the border with Syria.

Officials initially suggested the bomber may have been female, but local media outlets have named a man in connection with the attack.

All rallies and marches in the city of Sanliurfa, where Suruc is located, have now been banned.

The governor of the city said the measure was aimed at preventing “undesirable occurrences”.

The funerals of some of the victims have already taken place, but many relatives are still awaiting news of their loved ones.

The youth activists, who were mainly university students, were holding a news conference when the bomb ripped through the cultural centre. They had been planning to travel to Syria to help rebuild the town of Kobane.

Social media images showed the group, who were members of the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations, relaxing over breakfast a few hours before the noon blast.

Ahmet Davutoglu is expected to visit the scene of the massacre later on Tuesday.

Suruc is home to many refugees who have fled fierce fighting between ISIS and Kurdish fighters in nearby Kobane.

At least 28 people have been killed and nearly 100 others wounded in a bomb attack in the Turkish town of Suruc, across the border from the Syrian town of Kobane.

The explosion may have been caused by a female suicide attacker, officials say.

The blast targeted a group of young people who planned to travel to Kobane to assist with rebuilding. Kobane has seen heavy fighting between ISIS militants and Kurdish fighters.

Turkish authorities believe ISIS may be responsible for the attack.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the bombing and described it as “an act of terror”.Turkey Suruc attack

Suruc houses many refugees who have fled the fighting in Kobane.

ISIS overran the Syrian town in September last year, but it was retaken by Kurdish forces in January.

The Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) is reported to have had at least 300 members staying at the Amara Culture Centre in Suruc, where the explosion happened.

A photo taken earlier in the day showed members of the group relaxing in the garden.

A video released on social media apparently showed the moment of the blast.

In the video, a group of young people are chanting slogans while holding the federation’s flags and a large banner with the words: “We defended it together, we are building it together.”

Then an explosion rips through the assembled youngsters.

Images of the aftermath show bodies littering the ground, with the red flags being used to cover them.

A statement from the Turkish interior ministry said: “We call on everyone to stand together and remain calm in the face of this terrorist attack which targets the unity of our country.”

The hashtags #SuruçtaKatliamVar (There is a massacre in Suruç) and #SuruçMassacre started trending on Twitter soon after the explosion.