October 19th, 2011
03:48 AM ET

Multiple deaths feared in attack in Turkey

Multiple casualties were reported from an early Wednesday morning attack in southeastern Turkey, officials said.

Rockets were launched at security forces and military sites in the town of Cukurca, an official with the provincial governor's office and Turkish President Abdullah Gul said.

Neither gave a death toll in the attack but CNN Turk reported that at least 24 people were killed.

Gul blamed terrorism when he spoke about the attack during a televised address.

"Our determination is certain. Those who think that democratic improvements in Turkey are achieved as a result of terrorism are making a big mistake," Gul said. "It is our decision to continue the struggle against terrorism without giving any concessions."

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  1. ~I am not David~


    October 19, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. s kel


    October 19, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. s kel

    This world is more sure of war than of peace.

    October 19, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Erdogan will blame Israel.

    October 19, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. TrollBusters

    What Turkey needs to do is to grant the Kurds the very independence they deserve. I just thought that I'd get my two cents in before these mindless Tea Partying trolls take over this tread to post their ever lame and idiotic off-the-topic comments here!

    October 19, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Erda Merin

      What you need to do is read and learn before you post. Kurds have all their basic rights in Turkey, and Kurdistan is right nextdoor if they are not happy. What you are saying is like granting independence to Mexicans in southwestern US, would you do that if they started carrying terrorist attacks and asking for separation or would you ask them to go to Mexico? Kurds are not under a blockade or being treated as second class citizens. Turkey had a Kurdish prime minister in the past, the Turkish parliament has a good number of Kurdish PMs, there is a high number of Kurds in government offices. There are a ton of Kurdish businessmen, actors, singers, etc. all over Turkey. Kurdish terrorists feed from such violence, they will never be peaceful, they have all the freedom in Turkey and the option to move to Kurdistan – their de facto state in northern Iraq which is way more than enough for their population. But they attack all the neighbours already and ask for more land. If they get it, they won't stop, they'll still want to expand or find other reasons to attack.

      October 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mr280zxt

      TrolBusters...you are a moron....read it, learn it, understand it, then you can make a comment...Until then, you are certified moron...

      October 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Like this one? My thumbs hurt today. Maybe I was gardening too hard. I don't know.

    October 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Sorry folks, some mindless Tea Partier stole my name and posted that idiotic, meaningless comment above! Getting back to the topic on hand, I totally agree with TrollBusters here. The Kurds do deserve their independence and this incident goes to show the lack of concern for human rights by both Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton!!!

      October 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nightshade.

    Nah Bimbo. As usual it's Obamas fault.

    October 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. nightshade.

    As long as there is war, the rich will survive.

    October 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NoName

    @TrollBusters, you mean like the US giving the American Indians the very independence they deserve? Afterall, they owned this land before the European came.

    October 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |