Turkish police block demos marking attack anniversary

October 10, 2016 8:14 AM

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ANKARA, Turkey – Police in Turkey's capital have used tear gas and water cannon to push back hundreds of activists trying to reach Ankara's main train station to commemorate more than a hundred victims of an attack blamed on Islamic State militants.

Authorities, citing security concerns, banned large-scale commemorations that were scheduled for Monday to mark the first anniversary of the twin suicide bombings that targeted peace activists gathering for a rally in front of the station. The attack was the deadliest in Turkey.

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