Erdogan rallies Turks against unprecedented terror wave

The recent suicide bombing in Ankara -- which killed 35 people -- was claimed by a radical Kurdish group with ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday urged Turks to stand tall against “one of the biggest waves of terrorism” in their history, as police hunt three alleged jihadists suspected of planning further suicide attacks. In a combative speech in Istanbul Erdogan drew on the “grandeur of the Ottoman Empire” in promising to crush the Islamic State radicals and Kurdish rebels behind a string of bombings that have killed over 200 people since July. “We will hit these terrorist organisations as hard as possible,” Erdogan said, two days after a suspected IS bomber blew himself up on a famous shopping street in Istanbul, killing four foreigners and injuring dozens.

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