Bomb attack deepens divisions as Turkey faces bitter election

By Nick Tattersall and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Aside from a carefully worded statement urging unity, President Tayyip Erdogan was unusually quiet after Turkey’s worst ever bomb attack. Modern Turkey’s most divisive leader has in the past had no hesitation in dominating the air waves at times of crisis, rallying his fervent supporters and lambasting his opponents in equal measure in defense of the state. For those loyal to Erdogan and the Islamist-rooted AK Party he founded, the bombings marked another murky conspiracy by foreign-backed forces to undermine the Turkish state and damage its standing in the Middle East.

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