Au­thor­i­ties tar­get Kur­dish group af­ter deadly sta­dium bomb­ing

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ISTANBUL | Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties ar­rested more than 200 peo­ple Mon­day fol­low­ing sui­cide bomb­ings near an Istanbul sta­dium that killed 44 peo­ple. The ar­rests pri­mar­ily tar­geted mem­bers of a Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal party that al­ready was a fo­cus of a broader gov­ern­ment crack­down.

Satur­day’s at­tack, which a rad­i­cal Kur­dish group claimed as an act of re­venge for state vi­o­lence against the eth­nic mi­nor­ity in the south­east, was the dead­li­est to hit Istanbul this year.

Au­thor­i­ties blamed the car­nage on the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers’ Party, or PKK. A shad­owy off­shoot of the move­ment, which has waged a decades­long in­sur­gency against the state, claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack on a web­site that is blocked in Tur­key.

The Turk­ish state is locked in con­flict with Kur­dish rebels in the south­east and is mil­i­tar­ily ac­tive across the border in Syria and Iraq. This year it has seen a series of sui­cide bomb­ings in ma­jor cities that were the work of ei­ther Is­lamic State or Kur­dish mil­i­tants.

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