The deadly politics behind Turkey’s worst ever terrorist attack

The twin bomb blasts that tore through a peace rally in the Turkish capital on Saturday, killing at least 86 people, are being described as the deadliest attack in the history of modern Turkey.

The bombings targeted a gathering organised in part by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), one of the country’s leading opposition parties, just weeks before a new round of national elections are scheduled to be held.

It’s unclear at present who is behind the suspected suicide attack, but the bloodshed is bound to exacerbate tensions in Turkey, which has experienced a deepening and deadly polarisation since elections in June failed to produce a stable government.

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