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Turkey: Female suicide bomber kills 2, injures 20

Officials report the blast took place near the AK Party's offices.

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A female suicide bomber reportedly killed at least two people and injured 20 others in southeasern Turkey on Saturday, reports BBC News.

The attack occurred in the mainly-Kurdish town of Bingol near the ruling AK Party's offices, though officials say the building was not the intended target, reports IBN Live. The attack came on the 88th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish republic.

According to Reuters, Turkish police reportedly said they were looking for another suspected bomber and cordoned off the entire town to aid the search. A bystander spoke to the wire service about the blast:

Suddenly we heard an explosion and screaming. People ran toward there to help people injured. Then we saw paramedics coming.

The attack comes amid rising tensions and escalated actions by the PKK, or Kurdistan Worker's Party, despite efforts to come to a political resolution, reports the New York Times

Just 10 days earlier, the Turkish military launched massive anti-rebel attacks in southeastern Turkey and across the border in Iraq, killing dozens of rebels. The attacks were in response to rebel actions that resulted in the deaths of 24 Turkish soldiers, reports Time Magazine.

Last month, a car bomb in Ankara killed five people. The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) claimed responsibility for the bombing, according to NPR.

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