As if the recent marked increase in clashes between Turkish forces and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) wasn't troubling enough, the roadside bombing today of a minibus in Istanbul carrying military personnel could present a very dangerous development.
The bombing took the life of four, including the 17-year-old daughter of an officer. According to the Turkish officials, the bomb was set off by remote control as it was passing by. A similar attack took place in Istanbul a few weeks ago, when a minibus carrying policemen was attacked by a roadside bomb.
In a speech in parliament, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected calls for reinstating emergency rule in the predominantly-Kurdish southeast of Turkey for the government to back off its "democratic initiative," aimed at ending the decades-old Kurdish problem.
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