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    Mar 15, 2016

    Ankara attack kills at least 36


    TURKISH warplanes pounded Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq yesterday, a day after a suicide car bomb tore through downtown Ankara killing at least 36 people, the third attack on the capital in five months.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest carnage, which reduced cars and buses to charred hulks on a busy road in the heart of the city and wounded more than 120 people, reported Agence France-Presse.

    But security officials said evidence showed that one of the bombers was a 24-year-old female member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been seeking an independent state for Kurds in south-east Turkey, Reuters reported.

    A police source said there appeared to have been two attackers.

    The explosives were the same kind as those used in a Feb 17 attack in downtown Ankara that killed 29 people, mostly soldiers.

    That attack was claimed by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, a breakaway faction of the PKK.

    Hours after Sunday's attack, Turkish bombers hit arms depots and shelters of the PKK in northern Iraq, reported state-run Anatolia news agency.

    Turkey has been hit by a string of major attacks since the middle of last year, with three targeted at Ankara.