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Violence escalates in Turkey

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 01:09

A spate of attacks in Turkey heighten the sense of crisis as the country's leaders struggle to form a new government. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Attacks all throughout Turkey have put the country's law enforcement on high alert. Here in Istanbul, officials say they detained two gunmen suspected of shooting police outside the prime minister's offices. Officials say the men were armed with hand grenades and an automatic rifle. While there were no reports of casualties, soldiers in the southeastern province of Siirt were not so lucky. A roadside bomb there killed eight soldiers in an attack the military blames on the Kurdistan Workers Party. The escalation in violence comes amid a government-declared "war on terror". Turkey is currently going after radical Kurdish, far-leftist and Islamist groups. It's also facing its own internal problems as leaders have failed to form a coalition government. President Tayyip Erdogan says the country is heading rapidly toward another election this fall. But with so much uncertainty in the country... it's unknown what it will take to stop the violence.

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Violence escalates in Turkey

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 01:09