The bombing in Ankara may have destroyed more than meets the eye. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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"Government resign!" chanted some of the mourners Tuesday at the funeral of four young victims of the suicide bombing in Turkey's capital Ankara.Far from bringing the nation together in mourning, the aftermath of Sunday night's attack has again laid bare the deep divisions tearing at Turkey as it struggles to avoid being drawn into its neighbors' conflicts.Parties from across the political spectrum – from nationalists to the pro-Kurdish opposition – have condemned the car bombing, which killed 37 people in the heart of Ankara and was the third in the city in five months.Almost as Erdogan spoke in Ankara, police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse several hundred leftist demonstrators in Istanbul who had gathered to protest what they perceive to be the government's failure to prevent Sunday's attack.Since winning Turkey's first popular presidential election in 2014, Erdogan has lobbied for replacing its parliamentary system with an executive presidency more akin to the United States or France.Security officials have said the two perpetrators of Sunday's bombing, a man and a woman, were linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency for Kurdish autonomy in southeast Turkey.
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