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    Turkish Police Detain 73 Suspects Over PKK Links

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    Turkish police on Wednesday detained at least 73 people suspected of having links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), as part of a country-wide anti-terrorist operation, local media reported.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) According to the Anadolu news agency, 29 people, including lawyers, were detained in the Turkish city of Istanbul alone.

    The raids in Turkey were carried out in response to Sunday's terrorist attack in Ankara. A car bomb exploded at a bus stop in central Ankara, leaving at least 37 dead and over 120 injured.

    According to the Turkish Interior Ministry, female suicide bomber Seher Cagla Demir, who reportedly had been a PKK member since 2013, carried out the attack.

    PKK has been fighting for Kurdish independence from Ankara since 1984. The group, which Turkey considers to be a terrorist organization, seeks to create a Kurdish state in parts of Turkey and Iraq.

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