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One of two suicide bombers in Ankara was a woman

People walk close to the site of the suicide bomb attack in Ankara, Turkey. (REUTERS/Umit Bektas)

One of two suicide bombers suspected of detonating a bomb in a blast that killed 37 people in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Sunday was a female member of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), according to Turkish security officials. Security representatives told Reuters the woman was born in 1992, and joined the militant group that claims to fight for Kurdish autonomy in 2013. The other bomber is believed to have been a man, and the two appear to have packed their bomb with pellets and nails to inflict maximum injury, similar to the PKK attack on Ankara in February.

It is the latest in a string of attacks on Turkish cities, raising concerns over the stability of the country, which faces multiple security threats as part of a U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State in bordering Iraq and Syria.

Mere hours after the attack, the Turkish military carried out airstrikes against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, as Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu vowed on Twitter to “dig up the roots of this terror network which targets our unity and peace.”

Read the full story at Reuters.

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