Turkish leaders appeal for unity after deadly car bomb

August 22, 2012 15:25


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ISTANBUL - Turkey's leaders called for unity on Wednesday following a car bomb attack which heightened fears that Kurdish militants are exploiting chaos in neighboring Syria and stepping up their decades-old insurgency.

Unidentified assailants detonated the car bomb by a police station in the industrial city of Gaziantep near the Syrian border late on Monday, killing nine people including several children and wounding more than 60.

The president, prime minister and party leaders gathered in the city at a funeral for the victims of the attack, which came as families celebrated the Id al-Fitr holiday at the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

"The best answer we as a nation can give is to form a (united) front and stand side by side, whatever our differences ... in the face of this act of terrorism," President Abdullah Gul told reporters after arriving in Gaziantep.

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